Homework Doesn’t Have To Suck: Your Public Library Matchmaker…1

As we’ve mentioned before, using Google is a lot like using an online dating service. But what if you didn’t have to sift through all those search results or second-guess all that unreliable information? What if you could use Yenta?

Some of you may be asking yourselves, “What’s a yenta?” The rest of you have seen Fiddler on the Roof—or possibly starred in your high school’s production of it—and know that Yenta (which means “busybody” in Yiddish) was the name of the town matchmaker, subject of the rousing song, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match.”

However, even those of you who knew who Yenta was may be wondering, “What does this have to do with homework?” Let us explain: The public library is like your Yenta. We help you figure out what you need and then know some good books, articles, and/or websites to suggest, saving you all that searching and potential heartbreak. Except we don’t try to make you marry Lazar Wolf the Butcher.

In this series, we’ll suggest some excellent matches for you, starting with a great way to get in touch with your Public Library Matchmaker. Of course, you can always come to your local public library for help in person, but you can also go to http://www.spl.org and click on Ask a Librarian to get help 24/7. (Yenta never kept those hours!) You can send an email or start a live chat session with a real, live librarian who can tackle your homework-related (and other) questions. Now that’s a “matchless match.”

Next time on Your Public Library Matchmaker: When you’re looking for an expert in geometry or chemistry or essay-writing…

Meanwhile, more potential homework-related matches for you.

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