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Helping with Homework

Parents play a vital role in educating their children.  Unfortunately, one of the most important things we can do is sometimes the most difficult.  Helping our kids with homework is hard on many levels.  It is hard to admit to our kids but sometimes we just don't remember enough.  Sometimes the method of instruction has changed over the years.  Sometimes we can't understand all of the directions. But sometimes we just can't decide how much is encouragement and how much is too much. 

The staff of the Keene Public Library offers these tips for parents:

  • Set a regular time and a regular place for homework; 
  • Remove distractions; 
  • Have supplies and resources on hand; 
  • Monitor assignments;    
  • Providing guidance.

The library can be a good place for homework. Another suggestion from the staff is to come to the library before homework to become familiar with what we have to offer. We have many books for checkout and for use in the library. We also have the expertise to help. After school, we have homework mentors and tutors available to help. Parents or students should call the Youth Department at (603) 757-1856 and make an appointment with a tutor if they feel they need any special assistance. 

If your child does homework at home and you have a Keene Public Library card and access to the Internet, you have homework help backup 24/7 through the resources of brainfuse.com.  Safe and anonymous online tutors are even available to help one-on-one with your child between the hours of 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. All you have to do is log onto brainfuse.com and enter your library card number.

A final tip is to make sure that you and your child give yourself plenty of time for research.  For instance, if the library doesn't have the materials you need, we are happy to borrow items from other libraries but interlibrary loan does take time. Remember to account for this time in your planning.

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