WALBRIDGE — Homework help is here — along with a snack — five days a week at the Wood County District Public Library.
And there’s no charge.
The new program at the library, 251 N. Main St., was discussed at Monday’s monthly board meeting, held at the Walbridge branch.
“This is huge, that we’re able to provide this service … for free,” said board President Brian Paskvan. “Tutors are expensive.”
Homework Help and Snacks is being held Monday-Friday at the library from 4-6 p.m. A similar program may be offered at the Walbridge branch soon.
Maria Simon, youth services coordinator, said the new program is open and ready for more children, in grades kindergarten through five.
“We’re really looking forward to getting more and more kids in the know about this,” she said. “It is free homework help that is there every day, Monday through Friday.”
America Reads tutors from Bowling Green State University will be available to students with reading support and homework.
Connecting Kids to Meals will be serving snacks and juice.
“I’m just really proud of the partners that we have,” Simon said. “It’s just giving another resource to families.”
The homework help is offered in the storytime room.
“It’s golden,” Simon said. “And we can support more, so we want to get the word out.”
“If this grows and becomes big and cumbersome, we’ll figure it out, because it’s meeting a need.” said Michael Penrod, library director.
The homework program builds on the burgeoning youth programs at the library, which are more popular than ever post-pandemic.
Simon said the library had 1,301 total youth registered for Oceans of Possibilities, the summer reading program. There were 133 family and children’s programs attended by 3,169 people.
There were 70 “volunteens” who worked 1,980 hours. There were 837,822 minutes of reading reported.
The Pizza and Pages book group, geared toward middle school students, had over 20 students sign up for the first session. The next meeting is Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Bowling Green Middle School Media Center, 1079 Fairview Ave.