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New York Public Library To Launch After-School Program Pilots This Fall At 10 Branches
Three Different Models Will Provide NYC Students with Structured Educational Activities to Support Student Advancement
SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 – The New York Public Library is launching a series of free after-school pilot programs this fall to provide New York City students with structured educational activities, including one-on-one tutoring, technology-projects, literacy training and paid internship opportunities.
- Enrichment Zones: For grades 1 through 8, these programs offer customized, one-on-one and small-group tutoring targeting two specific core academic areas where the child needs help, as determined by parents and tutors. Students will also spend time with education technology that supplements the skills covered during tutoring. Group enrichment activities and educational field trips will also be part of the program. Enrichment Zones will be offered at High Bridge Library and Mott Haven Library in The Bronx; Inwood Library and Seward Park Library in Manhattan; and Port Richmond Library in Staten Island.
- Innovation Labs: For grades 7-10, these programs focus on long-term projects in which participants work together to address community issues using podcasts, blogs and video game design as a means of developing problem solving and critical thinking skills, key components of Common Core. The program taps into student passions – such as computer games, robotics, fashion, and so on – and engages them beyond those passions to give them the academic skills they need to succeed. Participants will also receive homework help. Innovation Labs will be offered at Bronx Library Center in the Bronx, Columbus Library in Manhattan, and St. George Library in Staten Island.
- Literacy Leaders: For grades 1 and 2 and 11 and 12, this program gives high school students a chance to earn academic credit and be trained to act as literacy tutors for early elementary school students. The high school students will coach struggling first and second graders, reinforcing reading fluency and comprehension and boosting their confidence as young readers. The program will be held at 115th Street Library and Hamilton Fish Library in Manhattan.
The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 91 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.