K-12 Education Newsletter: Back-to-school resources

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Hennepin County Library K-12 Education Newsletter

September 2023

Back-to-school resources

Check out these resources as you and your students return to school.

Get help with homework

Teens working on homework

We have resources available 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.

Online tutors through HelpNow

Students in grades K-12 and adult learners 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. Find instructions on using HelpNow in English and subtitled in Spanish. For more details, see Tutors online

Tutors at the library

The K-12 Homework Help program is a free in-person tutoring program offered after school at several Hennepin County Library locations. Students can drop in during program hours to work with trained tutors on specific assignments or to build skills over time. For locations and times, see the Tutors at the library schedule.  

Video tutorials for navigating library resources

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Library staff have created several instructional videos on using library resources: 

  • Online Catalog 101 shows how to perform a basic search, determine the availability of an item, as well as how to get the best results by using various filters on Hennepin County Library’s online catalog.
  • Databases vs. Websites introduces two types of information resources: databases and websites. Learn the difference between the two resources and when it is best to use one instead of the other.

Podcast episode: Tips on fostering a love of reading

Senior Librarian Tiffany Casey joined librarians from Anoka County and Anoka-Hennepin School District on the Parent Engage 360 podcast to talk about how caregivers can encourage reading over the summer months. While it is focused on summer, the suggestions they share apply year-round! 

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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