Parents, make a "School Year's Resolution"

January gets all the attention, but for a clean sweep and a fresh start there's nothing like a new school year. Make your school year's resolution to get your child into the library's resources for homework help.

Remember that—live online tutoring—and Testing and Education Reference Center are among the tools in our Education subject guide, and many other great resources are organized into subject guides for kids and older students.

With a library card, your children can use five times each week between 3:00 and 10:00 daily. is a one-to-one online tutoring service connecting kids to qualified tutors from any Internet-enabled computer. Elementary, middle and high school students can get help for any kind of academic question in math, science, English, social studies and writing. When live tutoring is unavailable, practice quizzes and study resources are always available to reinforce skills. 

The Testing and Education Reference Center offers tutorials and question banks for reading, writing, and math for grades 6 through 12. There are also practice questions for STEM subjects, and full practice tests for college and graduate school entrance.

For general resources covering all topics, explore the "Encyclopedias, magazines and newspapers" collection.

If your child has a research project and your heart races just thinking about it, we have a brief how-to guide that might give you some ideas.

And not least, call on your librarians. Even when the library is closed, you can send a question through Ask-a-librarian; the response might not come in time for something due the next day, though, so get an early start.