K-12 Education Newsletter: Read-along resources, programs for teens, and Homework Help

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Hennepin County Library K-12 Education Newsletter

April 2022

Read-along resources, programs for teens, and homework help

Find read-along resources and programs to support your K-12 students. 

Read-along books now available for check out

Read-along books allow children and families to listen to a high-quality audio recording while following along with the text of the book without any other equipment needed. These hardcover books feature a pre-loaded MP3 audio player securely attached to the front cover.

two children wearing headphones attached to read-along books

Hennepin County Library’s Read-along collection contains over 200 titles, including picture books, beginning readers, and nonfiction titles. Some library locations also offer Spanish, Spanish/English bilingual and Chinese/English bilingual titles.

Check out a Read-along book by visiting your local library or browsing the Read-along collection in the online catalog.

Animated books online

a screenshot of the online resource BookFlix

With a library card, children and families can access stories online that aid in learning to read. 

  • BookFlix

    Video storybooks and online nonfiction books for young readers. Includes streaming video, games and educator resources.

  • One More Story
    Picture books set to music and read aloud to you, or use the "I Can Read It" mode to read them yourself. 

  • TumbleBook Library

    Animated story books and chapter books with highlighted text. Also includes graphic novels, nonfiction books and videos, puzzles, and games. Some titles in Spanish and French.

  • Biblioteca Tumble
    TumbleBook Library in Spanish with titles in Spanish.
  • BiblioEnfants
    TumbleBook Library in French with titles in French.


Online workshops on writing college applications and scholarship essays

The Library is partnering with the Loft Literary Center to offer several virtual writing workshops that may be of interest to high school students:

Writing Great College Application Essays

Use basic creative writing craft elements such as strong characterization, compelling narrative structure, and an interesting premise to write great college application essays. Leave with ideas that will get you started on writing an essay to wow your readers! Two options for sessions:

Monday, April 18
Online - Register here

Tuesday, May 10
Online - Register here

Writing Scholarship Essays

Prepare to write your college scholarship essays by exploring your personal narrative and how to tell your story in a compelling way. Discover storytelling and persuasive strategies to showcase your experiences and describe your motivations, career aspirations and how you’ve overcome challenges. Two options for sessions:

Monday, April 25
Online - Register here

Tuesday, May 17
Online - Register here


Teen title selected for Mary Ann Key Book Club

book cover of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

Teens and adults can join the Mary Ann Key Book Club in reading the spring 2022 book club selection An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People

Upcoming virtual events include: 

Find out more about the Mary Ann Key Book Club.

Tutoring available in person and online

Free tutoring is available at 11 libraries. 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. Students do not need to sign up in advance. For a list of locations and times, see the tutors at the library schedule.

Tutoring is also available online every day! 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. Students can also submit their essays on HelpNow and get feedback within one to two days. For details, see Tutors online

Get a 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 do so without paying a fee. You can get a new or replacement card in-person at any open library location, or apply online for a library e-card to access the library's online resources, including eBooks and other downloads. Apply online for a library e-card.


Questions? Ask Us

You can Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. 

Please see our Current service information page for information on in-person services.

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