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September 24, 2008 > InfoBrain: Another School Year Begins - Students Get Off to a Great Start at the Library

InfoBrain: Another School Year Begins - Students Get Off to a Great Start at the Library

By Pat Ryan & Mira Geroy, Union City Library Staff

Oh, my! Another wonderful summer has sped by and a new school year is here already!

There are lots of things you can do to prepare for the return to school, but while you're busy shopping for new school clothes and supplies, don't forget to plan regular trips to your local public library. All branches of the Alameda County Library, including the Bookmobile, have many great resources to help you.

Most branches of the Alameda County Library, including Union City and Newark Libraries, offer free after-school homework help programs. Teen volunteers, under the supervision of adult coordinators, help elementary and middle school students understand and complete their daily school assignments. Paper, pencils, calculators, and some textbooks are provided for students in the homework centers. Help is available in all subject areas.

The Union City Library homework center offers bilingual homework help in Spanish and English. The Centerville Library offers help for children who need one-on-one help in reading. Register your child for the "Read to Me" program happening on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. For more details about the homework help programs, please contact your favorite Alameda County Library branch. The homework centers are funded by the Alameda County Library Foundation.

You don't have to leave home to get one-on-one help online with a live tutor. Live Homework Help is just a click away on With your Alameda County Library card you can connect with a certified teacher if you are a student in grades 4-12. Live Homework Help online is available every day from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. Just click on the link on the Library homepage. This service is funded by a grant from the California State Library.

Tri-City teens will find many reasons to visit the library after school including hanging out with friends, visiting the internet, locating books on their reading lists, and getting research guidance from the librarians on duty at the information desk. Research materials for reports and assignments can be found in many different subjects, from acting to the Vietnam War. Of course we also have lots of fiction, graphic novels, magazines and music CDs just for fun.

Teens who love reading and want to help plan programs and services for teens in the library, can join the Teen Advisory Group at their favorite branch. Union City Library's teen group is called the Union City Library Youth Movement. It meets twice monthly on the first and third Friday from 4 p.m.- 5 p.m. This is a fun and creative way to give back to your community. Go online and check out the events calendar for opportunities to join at each library location.

In the children's area you'll find books and DVDs on states, countries, California missions, explorers, science projects, pets and wildlife, poetry, cooking, folk and fairy tales, sports, and biographies of famous people, both current and historical. For recreational reading in the children's fiction sections we have adventure, fantasy, science fiction, funny and scary books, plus graphic novels and magazines. Of course both children and teens can find a rich array of online databases and resources to help with all school assignments at

For students of all ages your passport to school success is at your local library. See you there after school.

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