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Library Happenings – Library offers tutors online (Jan. 28, 2015 issue)

Now that our students have returned to classes – including the college students – I want to remind you all about As part of a pilot program, Unicoi County was chosen by the State Library and Archives to have access to this program for the 2014-2015 school year. Students in grades Kindergarten through college may connect online with highly qualified and carefully screened tutors who will help them one-on-one with homework and test prep. They even can upload a paper or report and get live help from a tutor with every aspect of writing, including content, grammar, structure, thesis statements and citations. At the end of the session, the tutor will send a marked-up copy back to the student so that corrections can be made and grades be improved.
If your daughter needs help with her math homework and you are just as lost as she is, pull up our website ( and click on the orange button for You will be prompted to enter your library card number to enter the site. All you need to take advantage of this resource is your Unicoi County Public Library patron ID card (which is free, by the way) and an internet connection (which we have here).
If you want to create an optional free account, you also will need an email address. This choice enables you to review and share saved sessions and to store your projects and assignments online.
Interactive whiteboards and instant messaging allow the tutor and student to work through problems together while maintaining anonymity and safety. Students may use smartphones or tablets, as well as laptops or desktops, to access the system. Tutors in all core academic subjects, including Spanish as a foreign language, are available from 3 to 10 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, from now through May 31. Please call the library at 743-6533, if you have any questions or concerns.
I get usage statistics each month which indicate that Unicoi County’s high school seniors have embraced the service and are very pleased with it, but it is underutilized by other grade levels. Just remember it is available – and free – the next time you or your student needs help with homework.
Because of a couple of bouts of widespread staff illness, we canceled what remained of our children’s programming during January in hopes that we – and you – would have a chance to recover. Our fingers are crossed, and we are planning to resume our Wednesday storytimes at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, expect Miss Cindy to have hearts, love and friendship as the theme for February.