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Library still the best place for accurate information and homework help

February 15th 9:58 am | Kate Finn Print this article   Email this article  

The Homer Library can be the perfect place to support your efforts in life — whether you want to expand your horizon of general knowledge, dig deeper into a focused area, open up your perspective on almost any topic, learn new skills, apply for a Permanent Fund Dividend, or just take a few minutes to relax and daydream. We can benefit from the creative diversity of others' experiences. Sharing helps us understand and appreciate the wider reality that is our world.

One frequently asked question is: Why use the library when everything is available online? One important reason: When you find information through the library, you can rest assured that it has been vetted for truth and accuracy. This is no small deal.

One such trustworthy library site is SLED, which represents students working toward a common goal in a fun way. If students need a hand with homework, or help preparing for a test, SLED offers assistance. SLED covers 40 different subjects, from elementary classes to honors level, and the tutors will work at individuals' paces.

One seventh-grader wrote of the SLED experience, "Every single time I need help on my work, this service helps! It's like this little magical place where you go and they like help you understand what you're stuck on!"

Access this service by logging onto the main library site at www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library. Click on "Shortcuts to links" then go to LAM.Alaska.gov/sled. Click on the SLED logo and find "Tutoring - Get Live Homework Help." Tutors are waiting to help from noon to midnight every day. There is no such thing as a silly question, so please don't be afraid to ask for and accept help.

Another great library service is Flipster, with online access to more than 40 free magazines. The topics range from bicycling to yoga to finances, and include "Oprah," "Mother Jones," "Popular Science" and "Sport Fishing." There is something for all interests.

Next time you're in the library, stroll back to the fireplace area. There is a fine art display showcasing four of Sharlene Cline's "Chinese Watercolor and Ink on Ricepaper" pieces. They are so peaceful and alive. If you are drawn to this art form, Cline will be teaching a Chinese Art class at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College in March.

And don't pass up the chance to be part of a lively community dialogue with a Homer City Councilmember. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. during the second Monday of every month in the library conference room.

Everything is free with a library card and your password.

 

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