Make Homework a Success at the Library
With the homework starting to flow in, don’t let the projects, lack of information or space dampen your child’s spirits on completing assignments. If you are noticing that it is difficult for your child to settle down to their homework because of distractions such as the TV or music, you may find that a different location like the library can be helpful for your child to focus. The Moline Public Library has much to offer in homework help.
There are many areas in the library that will allow a student to spread out to complete a project. We have 2 study rooms just for students under 13 in the Children’s Dept. These are available for use on a first come, first serve basis. To use one, stop at the Children’s Desk to be allowed in. You will also find numerous tables throughout the main floor of the library, many are near outlets to plug in laptops or other devices needed for homework. These tables are great for working on posters and other large projects.
Wifi and Other Computer Services
We offer computers for use until 15 minutes before closing and free WiFi for your laptops. Be certain to bring your library card to access the computers. Black and white copies are .25 per page, color pages are .50 per page. You can print from your laptop using the wireless printing through our WiFi.
On the 2nd floor, there is a scanner that will scan items to your email address or a flash drive.
Two headphones can be attached to a single computer so you and your child can work on a site together. If you would rather do work at home but need an Internet connection, the library has a limited number of hotspots to check out that are available on a first come, first serve basis with a valid library card.
The great thing about doing homework or projects at the library is that if you need additional information for a report, you can easily locate what you need either on the Internet or in the library. Need magazine or journal articles? Those can be found on our webpage (www.molinelibrary.com) under Catalogs and Databases in a database called MasterFile Premier. You can also acquire help through our webpage on Tutor.com (also found under Catalogs and Databases) with an online tutor to help with homework questions. Both of these databases can be accessed at the library or at home with your Moline Public Library card.
Masterfile Premier landing page
Library staff can help in a variety of ways.
We can help you locate information, find valid websites, help you use the databases, pull books for you and even offer suggestions on other ways to approach the student’s topic. If you bring in the homework assignment, we can make certain your child is interpreting the assignment correctly. For example, the teacher may be asking for a non-fiction book and the child asks for a story instead of book with information.
If the library doesn’t have what is needed for the assignment, we can request items from other libraries and fill out a form for the teacher so they know an attempt was made to complete the assignment.
If you need a book right away, call us at 309-524-2480 and we will be happy to pull it for you to be picked up at the front desk. If we do not have it in, we can tell you which library in the area has it so you do not spend lots of time going from one library to the next.
When you and your child are ready for a change from your homework routine, stop by the library.
We cannot do your child’s homework, but we can definitely make acquiring the needed research easier.