Tutors online

HelpNow

  • Free online tutoring and writing help for K-12 students and adult learners.
  • Available on computers in the library or at home with your Hennepin County Library card.
  • Tutors are available online every day from 1 to 11 p.m.
  • Get help from a tutor in English or Spanish.
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Homework Help Tutors at the library

Free in-person tutoring for K-12 students. No advance sign-up needed.

2023-24 school year

Tutors are available September 11, 2023 to June 1, 2024.

No tutoring during MEA break (October 16 - 21), Thanksgiving break (November 22 -25), and winter break (December 16 – January 1). Additional scheduled breaks follow school district calendars.

See the schedule of closed dates for each location.

Weekly schedule

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Augsburg Park 5-7:30 5-7:30
Brookdale 4:30-7:30 4:30-7:30
Brooklyn Park 4:30-7:30 4:30-7:30
Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center 3:30-6:30 3:30-6:30
East Lake 4:30-7:30 4:30-7:30 4:30-7:30
Eden Prairie 5:30-7:30 5:30-7:30
Franklin 3:30-7:30 3:30-7:30 1-5
Hosmer 12-3 4-7:30 4-7:30
Nokomis 3:30-7:30 1-4
North Regional 4-7 4-7
Northeast 4:30-7 4:30-7
Plymouth 4-7 4-7
Roosevelt 3-5 3-7:30 3-7:30
Southdale 4:30-7:30 4:30-7:30
Sumner 4-7 4-7
Walker 3-7 3-7
Webber Park 4:30-7:30 4:30-7:30

 

Homework Help tutoring is made possible by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Let's Read Tutors at the library

Free in-person reading support for K-5 students. Students and trained volunteer tutors meet weekly one-on-one to work on grade level reading skills. Sessions are scheduled in advance by appointment only.

Let's Read in-person reading support is intended for students:

  • In grades K-5
  • Reading below grade level
  • Able to meet with their tutor every week on the same day and at the same time

During Homework Help hours, we welcome children joining us to practice their reading. To learn more about the one-on-one weekly reading tutoring sessions or to schedule a session, please speak with staff at any Homework Help location or email LetsRead@hclib.org.

Weekly schedule

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Brookdale 4:30-7:30 4:30-7:30
Brooklyn Park 4:30-7:30 4:30-7:30
Franklin 3:30-7:30 3:30-7:30 1-5
Hosmer 12-3 4-7:30 4-7:30
North Regional 4-7 4-7

Online resources

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BookFlix

Video storybooks and online nonfiction books for young readers. Includes streaming video, games and educator resources.

Explora Kids

Full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books about current events, people, places, animals, history and more. Includes primary sources, images and maps. Full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Elementary/middle school level.

Explora Teen

Full-text articles from reference books and academic and popular periodicals about health, arts and literature, biography, current issues, geography, history and more. Includes primary sources, images and maps. Full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). High school level.

Gale In Context: High School

Biography, literature, history, science, current events, multiculturalism, and more. Includes full-text articles, primary sources, essays, critical analyses, timelines, images, and maps.

Gale In Context: Middle School

Covers cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, geography, literature, science, and social issues. Includes books, images, biographies, audio, video, magazines, newspapers, creative works, primary sources, and more.

TrueFlix

Scholastic True Books on nonfiction topics. Projects, lessons, and activities help build knowledge on people, places, history, science, and nature.

Britannica Library

Full-text articles, plus primary sources, news, websites, videos, images, magazine articles, online books, and an interactive atlas. Resources categorized for children, teens, and general reference.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (World Book)

Información sobre gente, lugares, objetos, acontecimientos e ideas para los estudiantes de primaria a secundaria. Incluye enlaces a periódicos en español de todo el mundo. Aprovecha esta enciclopedia para investigar y divertirte.

Gale eBooks

Full-text articles on literature, art, biography, business, religion, science, education, history, law, social science, medicine, multicultural studies, and general reference.

Scholastic GO!

Full-text articles from encyclopedias. Includes animals, biographies, countries, science and more.

World Book Kids

Full-text articles on people, places, science, animals, history, and more. Includes videos, images, audio files, science projects, maps, and games. Elementary school level.

World Book Online (Student)

Full-text articles on geography, history, science, and current events. Includes biographies, videos, and quizzes. Middle/high school level.

American Indian Experience

Articles on the Native tribes of North America as well as primary sources, including treaties, speeches, traditional tales, maps, and images.

Gale In Context: Biography

People from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Includes images, audio files, and articles from magazines and reference books.

Gale In Context: U.S. History

Primary sources, secondary sources, and full-text journal articles covering all areas of U.S. History. Middle/high school level.

Gale In Context: World History

Primary sources, secondary sources, and full-text journal articles covering world history from antiquity to the present. Middle/high school level.

PebbleGo: Animals and Biographies

Articles about animals and famous people with read-aloud audio and interactive activities. Designed for grades K-3. Recommended browsers are Google Chrome and Safari.

PebbleGo Next: States and American Indian Studies

Articles about states and Native American history and studies, with read-aloud audio and questions to inspire critical thinking. Designed for grades 3-5.

CultureGrams

Country histories, cultures, statistical data, embassy contacts, images, maps, audio files, and recipes. Includes U.S. states.

PebbleGo Next: States and American Indian Studies

Articles about states and Native American history and studies, with read-aloud audio and questions to inspire critical thinking. Designed for grades 3-5.

Scholastic GO!

Full-text articles from encyclopedias. Includes animals, biographies, countries, science and more.

ScienceFlix

Resources for science exploration and student research support. Includes nonfiction articles with read aloud option, videos, current events, career information, and experiments.

Gale In Context: Science

Overviews, full-text articles, images, websites, and videos covering earth and life science, space, technology, mathematics, and science history and biography. Includes science experiments.

PebbleGo: Animals and Biographies

Articles about animals and famous people with read-aloud audio and interactive activities. Designed for grades K-3. Recommended browsers are Google Chrome and Safari.

Scholastic GO!

Full-text articles from encyclopedias. Includes animals, biographies, countries, science and more.

ScienceFlix

Resources for science exploration and student research support. Includes nonfiction articles with read aloud option, videos, current events, career information, and experiments.

CQ Researcher

Current and controversial issues with detailed discussions of pros and cons, summaries, bibliographies, and links to related stories. Goes back to 1923.

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Social issues covered by pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary sources, biographies, court-cases, articles, statistics, charts and graphs, images, and podcasts.

Points of View Reference Center

Essays on controversial topics that examine multiple sides of current issues. Includes charts, graphs, and research guides. Middle/high school level.

Gale Literature Resource Center

Biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes criticism, plot summaries, and dictionary of literary terms. Goes back to 1400.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Resources for finding fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens by topic, genre, grade level, and Lexile score. Includes read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles. 

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (World Book)

Información sobre gente, lugares, objetos, acontecimientos e ideas para los estudiantes de primaria a secundaria. Incluye enlaces a periódicos en español de todo el mundo. Aprovecha esta enciclopedia para investigar y divertirte.

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Video guides to library resources

Databasics playlist on YouTube

 

Instructional videos in the Databasics playlist on Hennepin County Library’s YouTube channel.

Online Catalog 101

Learn how to search the library catalog to get the best results.

HelpNow Online Tutoring

Learn how to get free online tutoring with your library card.

Databases vs. Websites

Learn the difference and when to use one or the other.

Finding Databases

Two ways to find databases on the library website.

Navigating a Database for Elementary Schoolers

Learn how to use a database on the library website.

Navigating a Database for High Schoolers 

Learn how to use a database on the library website.

More video guides

K-12 Education Newsletter

An email newsletter with resources and services from Hennepin County Library to use with your students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Issues

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