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Creating the full-service homework center in your library
Mediavilla, Cindy, 1953-
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Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, 2001.
Physical Description:
x, 141 pages : illustrations, forms ; 28 cm
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Z718.7 .M44 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Public libraries that take a proactive approach to homework help - by setting up organized, public library homework centres - have the potential to become catalysts for better performance in school, improved self esteem, and engaged, co-operative learning. In this volume, Cindy Mediavilla describes what constitutes an effective homework centre - a separate space in the library, with set hours, clearly defined services, and an assigned staff member. Computers are helpful, but not essential, according to Mediavilla. What is key is that a person is present and responsible to oversee the programme.

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Mediavilla used her Loleta D. Fyan Award to study the services libraries provide through homework centers around the U.S. With a surge in population and a growing number of parents who have difficulty helping their children with homework, whether due to language barriers or job constraints, homework centers may become increasingly important. The author gives succinct but thorough explanations of the steps involved in starting them, with chapters on everything from community surveys, staff recruitment, and funding proposals to liability issues. Each chapter includes examples from libraries around the country and concludes with a summary paragraph that can be used as a quick overview. The appended material, which includes sample documents, is numerous and substantial. Mediavilla's arguments for implementation are strong, and she gives librarians the nuts-and-bolts of getting a "Homework Cafe" up and running. --Susan Dove Lempke