Two of Worthington Libraries' three Homework Help Centers will reopen for the 2014-15 school year with new hours.
Attendance statistics from the last school year helped library staff members set new times for the centers at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., and Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. Both opened in January 2013.
Starting Aug. 18, hours for Old Worthington Library's center will be 3-6 p.m. with the Northwest Library's hours set for 3:30-6:30 p.m. The facilities previously were open 3:30-6 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., respectively.
Only hours at the Worthington Park Library center, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, remain unchanged at 3:30-6:30 p.m. All centers are open Mondays through Thursdays during the school year.
"We want to reach as many students as possible and feel that the new hours will help us do just that," Worthington Libraries deputy director Monica Baughman said. "Opening 30 minutes earlier this year means kids can come in right after school, but there's also plenty of time for those who may have after-school commitments to stop by as well."
Teen and adult volunteers, working with library staff members, say the centers are positive environments where students receive assistance with their homework assignments.
In the Homework Help Center, students learn to use the library's print resources, research databases and other online resources on the library's website, worthingtonlibraries.org.
Computers equipped with Internet access, Microsoft Office and other educational software are reserved for student use during center hours. Printing is available for free on homework assignments.