Be a Homework Help volunteer at the library!

HH girl in pink headressSchool may be more than a month away, but we’re recruiting now for volunteers to assist K-12 students with homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

What does it take to be a Homework Helper? Anne Vedella, the Library’s volunteer services coordinator, says successful Homework Helpers are comfortable interacting with students of all ages individually and in small groups. And since Homework Help is a drop-in program for students, volunteers work with different students throughout the year. “Each week, the students and their requests for academic support may be different,” says Vedella. “You don’t need to be a subject expert to participate, although that is helpful, especially in the areas of math, reading, writing and science.” Continue reading “Be a Homework Help volunteer at the library!”

Have tweens or teens in your life? Read on!

Do you have a tween or teen in your family? Work with youth? Want to know about some of our upcoming programs for youth like free SAT prep or Comics workshops?

Sign up for The Seattle Public Library’s e-mail newsletter, Teen News, to hear about stuff like our free chat tutoring, our spoken word writing circle, gaming events, how to earn service learning credit writing book reviews, plus much more. Teen News has lots of information specific to Seattle-area teens.

Commitment phobic? Don’t worry, Teen News is short and comes out only three or four times a year — and of course you can unsubscribe at any time. Please note the Library already sends a similar newsletter called Library News to adult readers but teen e-news has different content.  ~ Jennifer B., Teen Center

Maybe it will make sense now: ‘The Manga Guide to Calculus’

Even though the library’s digital book service Safari Books Online hasn’t been at the forefront of my pleasure reading (no page-turning fiction to be found here!), I thought I’d take a look through it the other day — maybe there would be SOMETHING in it for me. I immediately liked that you don’t have to download any software to use it, and you don’t have to check the books out. You just go to the site, put in your card number and PIN, and read the book on the screen. Easy.

mg_calculus_bigBut the topics— not so easy looking! Databases, hardware, IT management — forget those. I clicked on E-Commerce, thinking of shopping online… And on the first page, there it was: The Manga Guide to Calculus. WHAT? Of course I had to read more — and it’s amazing! Here’s the story line (yes, it has a story line): “Noriko is just getting started as a junior reporter for the Asagake Times. She wants to cover the hard-hitting issues, like world affairs and politics, but does she have the smarts for it? Thankfully, her overbearing and math-minded boss, Mr. Seki, is here to teach her how to analyze her stories with a mathematical eye. In The Manga Guide to Calculus , you’ll follow along with Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a class designed to weed out would-be science majors.”

Even if I didn’t want to learn the calculus (which I didn’t), it was fascinating just to see how they presented it using manga characters and art. Not only that, but there are five more titles in the Manga Guides series! Molecular Biology, anyone?

Tips from a news junkie

One of our librarians, Jesten, has me totally hooked on PressDisplay, an online library service featuring hundreds of U.S. and international daily newspapers. I knew Jesten was a total news junkie, but it was her post on Push To Talk this week that reeled me in—and ended up being extra handy for me.

Recently I was trying to track down an article from the Seattle P-I, but couldn’t find it through the paper’s online search, which was absolutely crazy because I knew the exact headline and even the page where it appeared. Jesten points out that with PressDisplay, you see the newspaper in its entirety, so I could easily find the article on page 8 upper left corner I spied over someone’s shoulder on the 41. Check out Jesten’s post for tips on using PressDisplay.