August looms like a persistent mosquito, threatening the summer fun with one protuberance of academic menace. Yes, children, that buzzing you hear is the wiring coming to life within the walls of each school in the valley. And while some may quake in revulsion or tremble with anticipation and excitement, it is absolute: SCHOOL IS COMING.
When the smell of fresh paint and disinfectant fades, scuffs show on new shoes and The Routine has begun, there is always one place to turn to when students and parents need help with assignments: The Huntsville Madison County Public Library. Its veritable plethora of free resources will make your life – and yours student’s life – better.
Tutor.Com Will Be Your New BFF This School Year
With your HMCPL library card, which is free to all Madison County residents, a treasure trove of books, e-books, streaming services and music downloads become available – all accessible through our website at hmcpl.org. But one amazing resource for students of all ages- including adults – is Tutor.com.
In partnership with Homework Alabama, this FREE resource can help students get the help they need in the subjects they want.
- Need to chat live with a certified tutor? No problem.
- Need to drop off a math problem or a draft of a paper for review? Done.
- Are you seeking online resources? They’re here, too.
- Looking to prep for the SAT/ACT or AP exams? You guessed it.
You can even take practice quizzes, manage files in your personal “locker” and search for specific worksheets. Grown-ups: need to freshen up that resume? You can do that here – even connect with a career coach and search for online job resources!
New for 2020: Tutor.com has extended their hours to 7 days a week from 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM to provide additional support to students and families.
I cannot say enough great things about HMCPL and the efforts libraries are making to make communities better, smarter and more connected. From classes on “adulting” to free lecture and concert series – learning truly is a lifetime program, no matter how big the mosquitoes of distraction may get. So while you’re helping the kids connect to what’s great, check out what your library has to offer for you, too. You may just outsmart the kids.
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Mandy Pinyan has been a passionate book lover from an early age, where being busted for bringing Stephen King to school (a book, not the guy) led to much reading by flashlight. She turned out okay. She is the Youth Services Coordinator and Manager of Outreach Services at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library Extension and Outreach Department, where she can be seen driving a Rainbow Van or a Bookmobile in between gigs. Mom to a tween, Adelyn and wife to a ruggedly handsome outdoorsman with an obsession with planting bamboo, Mandy finds enjoyment in painting, gardening and geeking out over various pop culture. A small menagerie of pets - dachshunds Matt Damon and Angel, kitty BB and Boston-Chihuahua-chupacabra mix Bailey just make the chaos complete.