Library’s School Help Centers open Aug. 22

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Dedicated after-school spaces offer students what they need to succeed

COLUMBUS—As thousands of central Ohio children and teens return to school this month, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) School Help Centers reopen at 22 of its 23 locations. Starting Monday, Aug. 22, K-12 students will once again have a free place to get help with their schoolwork from friendly staff and volunteers.

Formerly known as Homework Help Centers, School Help Centers offer students access to welcoming spaces to study and learn, as well as computers, printers, digital research tools and CML’s catalog, including eBooks.

See below for specific hours at each library location. Service hours reflect differences in school dismissal times among the 10 districts CML serves (Canal Winchester Local, Columbus City, Dublin City, Gahanna-Jefferson Public, Groveport Madison Local, Hamilton Local, Hilliard City, New Albany-Plain Local, Reynoldsburg City and Whitehall City). For more information on CML’s School Help Centers, visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help.

School Help Center hours of operation:

Monday – Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Franklinton, Hilltop, New Albany, Northside, Parsons, Whitehall

Monday – Thursday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Barnett, Canal Winchester, Driving Park, Dublin, Gahanna, Linden, Marion-Franklin, Martin Luther King, Northern Lights, Shepard, South High, Whetstone

Monday – Thursday, 4-7 p.m. and Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Hilliard, Karl Road, Reynoldsburg, Southeast

CML’s Main Library is not currently offering in-person School Help.

In addition to providing in-person School Help, CML also has a School Help webpage, offering free access to tools and resources, including HelpNow: connecting students one-on-one with virtual tutors Monday through Friday from 2-11 p.m. Also available is Virtual Reading Buddies, connecting K-3 students with CML staff members for one-on-one reading help. Visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help to learn more.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

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