In January of 2012, the Capitol Hill library staff started a program offering homework help and reading practice to students in the community. "It got off to a slow start, but interest increased over time due to promotion within the community and word of mouth," explains Jennifer Jones, in the library's Children's Services department. "We began to see the same parents bringing their children to the library every day after school for an extra bit of homework help and reading practice. Since the Reading Sufficiency Act (SB 346), signed in 2011, many parents were worried that their third graders who struggled with reading would not pass to the next grade. They were desperate for help. They wanted their kids to succeed. They just weren’t sure how to help them, and they came through our doors looking for answers."
The new school year has begun, and the Capitol Hiill library has parents and children seeking tutoring help. "We offer homework help and reading practice every Monday and Wednesday from 4pm-6pm," Jones explains. "We are eager to provide this invaluable service to our customers, but we need your help!"
If you would like to volunteer to help with reading tutoring, please apply online at www.supportmls.org/volunteer. Please contact Jennifer Jones at 606-3245 or email at email@example.com for more information.