A section of the Pickerington Public Library where grade-school students can go to complete schoolwork or receive media center assistance will reopen next month.
Last winter, the library unveiled its Homework Help Center thanks to more than $12,000 in donations from area groups, such as the Pickerington-Reynoldsburg Rotary Club, as well as patrons and others in the community.
Established in memory of former Ridgeview Junior High School teacher and library trustee Mary Ann Kirby, who died from lung cancer in 2009, the center was created to provide area grade-school students with resources to complete homework projects. It also is staffed by volunteers who assist students with school lessons and use of library materials, computers and other technology tools.
After closing down for summer break, the Homework Help Center will reopen Sept. 9.
This year, the center will be open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and it's been equipped with more technology, including three MacBooks and an iPad.
"We're gearing up for another school year," said Kent Daniels, Pickerington Public Library assistant director.
"It will serve students in the Pickerington Local School District, and it's basically set up for any kids in grades K-4."
To ensure students are receiving the assistance they need, and with an eye on expanding services to older students, the library currently is seeking volunteers to staff the center.
"Volunteers kind of provide general guidance," Daniels said.
"This year, they'll be working with multiple kids," he said.
"We're trying to recruit more volunteers.
"We're looking for ages 15 and up because we have teen volunteers and we have adult volunteers," Daniels said.
Information about volunteering at the center can be obtained by calling the library at (614) 837-4104.
Additionally, the Homework Help Center no longer will require students to book time to use the center or receive assistance.
"This year, there will be no booking requirements," Daniels said. "It's just walk-in.
"We have supplies available for use and a variety of digital and print resources available to kids."
Information about the Homework Help Center is available at www.pickeringtonlibrary.org.