K-12 Education Newsletter: Book recommendations and expanded Homework Help options

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Hennepin County Library K-12 Education Newsletter

February 2023

Book recommendations and expanded Homework Help options

Find additional opportunities for free in-person tutoring at the library, get staff reading recommendations, celebrate Black History Month with library resources, and find award-winning youth titles available for checkout. 

Additional in-person Homework Help locations and hours

In-person tutoring is now available at 16 Hennepin County Library locations. The K-12 Homework Help program is a free in-person tutoring program. 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 a list of locations and times, see the tutors at the library schedule.

Online tutoring

Students in grades K-12 can also receive free one-on-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. Find instructions on using HelpNow in English and subtitled in Spanish. For more details, see Tutors online

Youth books we loved in 2022

We asked Hennepin County Library staff for what picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and young adult fiction books they read and loved in 2022. Check out the staff reviews of their favorite 2022 reads!

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Find additional staff reviews of books for teens and children on our website. 

You can also ask staff for personalized reading recommendations for yourself, your students, or your classroom. 

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month, or African American History Month, is celebrated nationally each year during February. It is a time to highlight the contributions and achievements of African American individuals and communities, as well as their struggles for freedom and equality in the United States.

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Library staff have curated several book lists for youth on the topic of Black history and culture:

Find more book lists and other resources for Black History Month on our website.

Youth Media Awards announced

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In January, the American Library Association announced the winners and honor selections of the 2023 Youth Media Awards. Find these winners in the Hennepin County Library's catalog:

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. 

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