Library’s School Help Centers open Aug. 23

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Plus, new webpage connects students with free resources

COLUMBUS—As thousands of central Ohio children and teens return to school this month, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) School Help Centers reopen at 21 of its 23 locations. Starting Monday, Aug. 23, 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. For the safety of students and staff amid the ongoing pandemic, masks will be required while in the School Help Center. All CML staff continue to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.

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, Martin Luther King, New Albany, Parsons, Whitehall

Monday – Thursday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Barnett, Driving Park, Dublin, Gahanna, Linden, Northern Lights, Shepard, South High, Whetstone

Monday – Thursday, 4-7 p.m. and Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Canal Winchester, Hilliard, Karl Road (open Sept. 9), Northside, Reynoldsburg, Southeast

CML’s Main Library and Marion-Franklin Branch are not currently offering School Help Centers. CML’s new Karl Road Branch will open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 9, at which time its School Help Center will open for students. In addition to providing in-person School Help, CML also launched a new School Help webpage earlier this year, 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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