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WPB Library offers students Homework Centers, resources, activities PLUS free school supplies
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 19, 2018) – Free homework help, free resources, free after-school activities plus free school supplies…parents can get all the help they need to engage and encourage their children at the Mandel Public Library!
The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach offers students and parents numerous free programs, tools and resources to help kids and teens succeed in school.  Free academic support for students is the cornerstone of the library’s after-school initiatives with its popular and successful homework centers that operate Monday through Thursday each week, plus Sundays for elementary kids, and are funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.  In addition, the library will offer a variety of free programs and activities for preschoolers and students of all ages that focus on literacy, technology, wellness and fun staring on September 4 (visit wpbcitylibrary.org for a complete schedule).
The library’s Homework Centers will open on August 14, coinciding with the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, with a special teacher Meet and Greet and School Supplies Giveaway.  On August 14-16, 4:00 PM – 7:30PM, parents and elementary students can meet and chat with the certified teachers at the Homework Center, enjoy free refreshments, and get tips to make their school year successful.  Elementary students who attend the Meet & Greet and register for the Homework Center will also receive free school supplies (while supplies last) courtesy of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.
Below are some of the highlights students and preschoolers can take advantage of at the Mandel Public Library:
Homework Help:
Starting August 14, the library offers free after-school Homework Centers for elementary, middle and high schoolers.  The centers are equipped with the latest technology and facilitated and managed by certified teachers.  In addition to providing assistance with homework projects and test prep, they also offer students healthy snacks and encouragement.  The Homework Centers focus on promoting a positive school experience and encourage kids and teens to attend school every day. 
Elementary Age: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 – 7:30 PM and Sundays, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Teens (Middle & High School): Monday – Thursday, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
The Mandel Public Library Homework Centers average just over 22 kids per day, and since 2010, have seen over 17,000 visits. 
Step by Step … Kindergarten Prep!
Starting September 4, children can attend Storytime specifically designed to focus on reinforcing oral language, print awareness, vocabulary, phonological awareness and letter recognition.  Librarians also spend time speaking to parents about the importance of incorporating these literacy skills into daily routines. 
September 4 – November 16:
Step 1: Babies, 12 – 24 Months: Fridays at 10:30 AM
Step 2: Toddlers, 2 and 3 Years: Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Step 3: Family, Ages 12 Months - 5 Years:  Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Free books, downloadable ebooks, music and movies:  The library provides free access to thousands of books, movies, music and much more that can be checked out by students to help with their homework or simply to enjoy.  In addition to visiting the library, cardholders can access materials 24/7 on their desktop, mobile devices, or TV using the library’s hoopla and CloudLibrary apps.  Best of all, all items checked out will be automatically returned…that means no late fees! 
After-School Activities & Offerings
The Mandel Public Library features many additional programs, activities and resources that can help students get a head start for school and continue to reinforce school concepts…or just provide fun (with an educational twist).  Below are some of the free after-school programs and offerings at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach that will begin on September 4.  For more information and a complete calendar listing, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
Dog Tales: In this popular reading incentive program, kids can pick a book of their choice to read aloud to various therapy dogs.  Each child that participates gets a book to take home and add to their home library.  This program provides children the opportunity to read aloud in a safe environment without pressure or embarrassment, bringing confidence to young readers.
College Prep Courses for Teens:  Teens can receive one-on-one and group setting assistance from Kaplan, and have an opportunity to take ACT/SAT pretests at the library for free.
STEAM programs:  Kids can play, create and learn while having fun using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) skills, including coding workshops.
Free access to Internet and Wi-Fi:  The library has over 140 computers and two separate departments just for kids and teens with computers that have free access to the internet. Students can work on homework assignments by researching via our free databases, typing papers in Word, or creating presentations in PowerPoint.
Kids Can Cook:  Kids, grades 3 – 5, can learn cooking basics during this fun and interactive class while engaging literacy, math and science skills.
Kids Can Code: Kids, grades 3-5, will nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity during this self-guided workshop designed to introduce kids to computer science. 
Study Space: The library offers students quiet places to read, study or work on group projects.
“We are happy to support student learning at the library. Our goal is to provide students of all ages the tools and inspiration they need to learn, grow and succeed in school and in life,” said Jennifer McQuown, Youth Services Manager of the Mandel Public Library.  “We strive to provide students with a safe and nurturing environment where they can develop critical thinking skills and increase literacy, but also need to fill in the gaps where we can whether it be with supplies, technology, homework help and maybe a little bit of fun.”
Many of the library’s after-school programs are funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.  The Foundation supports the Mandel Public Library by providing funding for many of the programs, services, collections and technology beyond the city’s operating budget.  To donate to the foundation and help support afterschool programs for area students, visit https://www.wpblf.org/ or call 561-868-7793.
About the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
Founded in 1895, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has evolved from a modest Reading Room along the waterfront to an innovative and cutting edge facility located in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach.  The Mandel Public Library provides a wide range of programming for kids, teens, and adults focused upon creating inspired lives by connecting people with information and ideas.  Today, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach welcomes over half a million visitors annually and loans over 700,000 items to 100,000+ library cardholders.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7700.

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