K-12 Educators Newsletter: Back to School

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Hennepin County Library K12 Educators newsletter


August 2019

Get ready for back to school

This issue is full of tips about Hennepin County Library resources for you and your students as you go back to school.

Homework help

Adult tutor helping table of children with homework

We have resources available online and at all our libraries to help K-12 students with history, language arts, math, science and more. To discover all the different homework resources, visit our Homework help page.

Tutors online

Students in grades 3-12 can receive free one-to-one live online tutoring assistance every day of the week from 1-11 p.m. (with their library card) in English or in Spanish. For details, see Tutors online

Tutors at the library

Do you have students who could benefit from extra tutoring or mentoring support after school? The K-12 Homework Help program is a free in-person tutoring program offered at 13 Hennepin County Library locations. Trained tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with students to support them in completing their assignments as they learn in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment. No advance sign-up needed. For locations and times, see the Tutors at the library schedule.  

Online resources

Hennepin County Library provides free access to a wide range of databases, learning tools and other online resources at all our library locations. You’ll find useful and reliable information from encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers and other sources not openly available on the internet. You can also access our online resources from school or home with your Hennepin County Library card. See Online resources on our Homework help page

Featured resource: ScienceFlix

Screenshot of database ScienceFlix

Your students can explore science topics with articles, videos, news articles, discussion questions, career information, and experiments to try. Explore ScienceFlix.

Finding great books

Kids reading

We can help you discover books to engage students of all ages, interests and abilities. Ask library staffvia phone, email, text, or live chatabout finding the next great book to read.  

We have book lists for a variety of genres covering everything from historical fiction to science fiction. Explore our book lists for teens and book lists for children.

Staff reviews

We're passionate about reading and sharing that joy with young readers. Find out what library staff are reading and why they love it with Staff reviews for teens and children. 

Teen Read Month

Teen Read Month logo

October is Teen Read Month at all our libraries. During Teen Read Month, Hennepin County Library encourages young people to begin or restart habits of reading, learning and library use. All teens who need a new library card, or have questions about fines and fees are encouraged to talk to library staff! They are ready to help teens make the most of your library.

Getting a library card

Person holding library card

It’s free to get a Hennepin County Library card, and anyone who needs to replace a lost or stolen library card can now do so without paying a fee. Students can get a new or replacement card in-person at any library location or apply online and their card will be mailed to them. No parent signature is needed. Access HCL online resources from computers outside library buildings with a library card, or use them to check out a wide variety of materials including books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines, and to download eBooks and music. Apply online for a library card.

Chat live with library staff

Smart phone screen displaying chat with library

You and your students can receive in person help from library staff at any library location. You can also Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday-Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 12-5. 

We can provide the best chat service and experience when online staff work with just a few different people at a time. If you are having your students use chat during class, please have them work together or have them stagger their logon times. To make the most of chat, students should prepare their questions in advance and allow enough time. A typical chat session lasts about 15-20 minutes.

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