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Cabell library to open center to help with homework

Jan. 12, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Ask any student -- sometimes homework isn't easy.

And sometimes parents don't have the answers either.

To give local students a hand up, the Cabell County Public Library, 455 9th St., Huntington, is opening the first Homework Help Center.

Set to open on Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Help Center will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Free and open to the public, the Help Center will be located on the Youth Services Floor, which is on the fourth floor of the main library.

Breana Roach Bowen, the Youth Services Manager at the library, said they are stoked to open the first Homework Center, which will be a dedicated space that will feature on-site school supplies, computers, printing, educational resources, and friendly volunteers to aid the students.

"Obviously, one of our main priorities is helping the students and the community of youth," Bowen said. "We cater to the kids, and right now in Cabell County and around the area there are a lot of changes with Common Core and there are a lot students who are going to be needing extra help."

Bowen said the library sees this as being part of the team for Education Matters, which is a school and community effort to help prevent students from dropping out of school.

"We need to all see what we can do to help out and we're excited to be helping such a large group of our customer demographic," Bowen said.

Free to any students from kindergarten through 12th grade, the center will have dedicated staff manning the room as well as help from some AmeriCorps volunteers, and Bowen also hopes to plug in volunteers from Marshall University's School of Education as well.

In addition to the Tuesday and Thursday homework help there will also be the regular Sunday math tutor that comes in as well.

"Students need help and not just public school students but there are a lot of home-schooled students who come in as well and so we really needed a space to make sure they are getting what they need from the library,' Bowen said.

For more information about the Homework Help Center, call 304-528-5700 or go online at www.cabell.lib.wv.us.

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