Central Library Youth Department kicks off a new, free tutoring service this Saturday, October 16

New tutoring program starting this weekend.

By Cheyenne Trujillo | Library Assistant Ⅲ, Public Relations

Parents and guardians, reclaim your afternoons and weekends because the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is here to help your children with their homework!
Central Library’s Youth Department is launching a new, free tutoring service starting this Saturday, October 16.

This new program will be held every Saturday from 12:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Central Library in the Youth Department.

First through third-grade students can get help in math and reading only.
Spots are limited, so please call 205-226-3655 or email cenyouth@cobpl.org to inquire about availability.
  • What: Weekend math and reading tutoring sessions
  • When: Every Saturday starting Saturday, October 16 from 12:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Central Library Youth Department, 2100 Park Pl, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Details: FREE tutoring for first through third-grade students focused only on math and reading. Call 205-226-3655 or email cenyouth@cobpl.org to inquire about availability.
On top of this new program, the BPL already has several other well-established homework help services.

In the last few weeks, other BPL employees shared their resources, like Counting Stars Tutoring and HomeworkAlabama.org, on the BPL blog, too.

Mary Richardson is helping these rising stars with their homework.

Counting Stars Tutoring is held every Wednesday at the West End Branch Library from 4:00 p.m.— 6:00 p.m.

Mary Harris Richardson has 30 years of experience teaching in the Bessemer City School System and is the star tutor of Counting Stars Tutoring.

She can help second through fifth-grade students and ninth through twelfth-grade students with subjects respective to their grade level, like reading, English, social studies, history, government, and ACT English preparation.

To set up a date and time for tutoring at the West End Library, call Ms. Richardson at 205-226-4089 or email her for more information at mary.richardson@cobpl.org.
  • What: Weekly Counting Stars Tutoring sessions
  • When: Every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
  • Where: West End Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW., Birmingham, AL 35211
  • Details: FREE tutoring sessions led by Mary Harris Richardson for second through fifth-grade students and ninth through twelfth grade-students in most subjects (including some ACT prep). Other dates are available upon request. Call 205-226-4089 or email mary.richardson@cobpl.org to set up an appointment or get more information.
But if your student needs help outside of these times, HomeworkAlabama.org might be the best option for you.

HomeworkAlabama.org is hosted by Tutor.com.

The BPL provides free online tutoring through HomeworkAlabama.org.

This program offers tutoring in most subjects, and tutors are available daily from 10:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m., allowing flexibility in your schedule.

You can even drop off essays for detailed reviews, review recordings and transcripts of your past sessions, and save your favorite tutors and set up future sessions.

If you have more questions, contact your local BPL librarian for more detailed information.

  • What: Daily online tutoring sessions
  • When: Tutors are available every day from 10:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m.
  • Where: From the comfort of your own computer, mobile phone, tablet, or BPL computer
  • Details: FREE online tutoring available daily from 10:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m. in most subjects through HomeworkAlabama.org. Talk with your local BPL librarian to find out more information or visit our website.

Every Monday and Wednesday the Powderly Library will offer free tutoring sessions focused on reading only from 3:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m. 

  • What: Free reading tutoring sessions 
  • When: Every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
  • Details: Free reading tutoring sessions every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m. at the Powderly Branch Library. Please call 205-226-3741 to make an appointment for tutoring; limited tutoring spots are available.
The BPL is happy to provide the community with tutoring services like these for free.

Over this past summer, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham awarded the BPL with a $16,000 grant to fund the Literacy Leaders Tutoring Services.

Tutoring services held summer of 2021 to assist with learning gaps from the pandemic.

This program offered free math and reading assistance to all second and third-grade students at five BPL locations for four weeks, spanning from June to July 2021.

Central, Avondale, Five Points West, North Birmingham, and Springville Road libraries had assigned certified teachers to their respective library to oversee the program.

Literacy Leaders (high school junior or senior students, or a college student) assisted with tutoring while the teachers ensured the quality of each session and offered training to the program's staff.

The grant and tutoring program were created to address learning deficits furthered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BPL's Interim Director Janine Langston also emphasized the connections that tutors could make with the young students and professionals in the program, creating opportunities for mentoring.

“Mentoring is an important component of this program as it sets up strong relationships between students and their tutors which is a factor for student’s success,” said Janine Langston.

Make sure to check out the BPL calendar to see more upcoming events.

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