If you or your child is in any form of school, you have a good reason to use the Seattle Public Library. The library is an excellent resource for anything from learning to read to SAT prep. In person or online, using the library has many benefits for both academic and extracurricular activities.
- The number one resource of the library is the librarians. They are all happy to help with research and information gathering for people of all ages. Finding good, reputable sources of information is harder than it may appear, both online and in print. If you need help finding books, navigating websites, or even just refining search terms, you have a free resource at any library branch.
- Free databases! Just because something is on the internet, does not mean you can trust it. Fortunately, the library has a host of free, online encyclopedias, study centers, and more.
- Grolier Online Passport – A database of 7 different digital encyclopedias
- Science in Context – A wide range of multimedia science resources all the way up to the professional level
- CultureGrams – Cultural, political, and economic information on every country
- History Study Center – Primary and Secondary sources useful for studying history
- LearningExpress Library – Free practice tests including SAT and professional tests
All of these resources can be accessed by going to www.spl.org, clicking on Articles and Research, and going to Databases A-Z. You can also find them by visiting the Teens page and clicking on Online Resources (on the left-side).
- Free online Homework Help for kindergarten through college available in English or Spanish, seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Completely free tutoring in many subjects, and you only need a library card number and P.I.N.
- Free in-person Homework Help at 11 library locations around the city. Most offered after school during the week. See the full list of libraries here and check out the one nearest you for the schedule.
In addition, a wonderful local organization, 826 Seattle, has many programs of interest:
- Free tutoring for Elementary & Middle schoolers from 3 – 6 pm, Mon – Thurs. Sign-up required.
- Free tutoring for High Schoolers from 6 – 8 pm, Mon – Fri. Drop-ins are welcome.
- Winter Writing Workshops in a huge variety of topics, for a variety of age groups. There’s something for everyone at these. The deadline to sign up online is Monday, December 1st.
For these and many more fun, creative activities and workshops, go to their website, or visit them at 8414 Greenwood Avenue N.
The overall takeaway: be proactive, creative, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are a multitude of resources just a click, or a walk, away.