Back-to-school memories are as individual as snowflakes, but homework anxiety is a thread connecting the recollections of many former students.

When it comes to assignment assistance, big brains know to say goodbye to Google and auf Wiedersehen to Wikipedia. For reliable and precise information, look to Worthington Libraries, where children will find online research tools, knowledgeable staff and homework help centers – HHCs – at each location.

This past school year, 739 students took advantage of the expert help available at the HHCs in Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.; Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road; and Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive.

The centers are making a difference in the lives of area students.

Earlier this year, over the course of several weeks, volunteers and staff at Worthington Park Library helped a ninth-grade student get organized and complete the study guide for his final exam.

HHC staff coordinated a reading program, complete with incentives, during the 2017-18 school year. Students at all three locations completed 835 reading sessions of at least 15 minutes each.

Together with library staff members, teen and adult volunteers ensure the centers are positive environments where students receive assistance with their homework assignments. In the HHC, students can learn to use the library's print resources and the wide array of research databases and other online resources available on the library's website,

Computers equipped with internet access, Microsoft Office and other educational software are reserved for student use during center hours. Printing is available free of charge for homework assignments. The library's HHCs are now open for business Monday through Thursday during the school year. Northwest Library and Worthington Park Library's centers are open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Old Worthington Library center is open from 3 to 6 p.m.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.