Need a little help with a math homework question? Looking for topics for your next history report?
Then check out the “Chicago Public School Library Database” — a helpful resource provided by the CPS Department of Libraries and Information Services. Many sections are easy to open, but some links may require a password. If you need help, or log-on information, please contact the school librarian for assistance.
- CPS has issued a new Guide to the CPS Homework Policy (click here) which outlines the responsibilities of students, parents, teachers, principals and LSCs. The document also lists a few helpful homework tips, and provides suggested time allocations per day for teacher-directed homework assignments by grade level. Please take a moment to review this important document with your child.
- Ask your teacher about out the “Reading and Writing Buddies” program — in which older students come into classrooms to help younger students with reading and writing projects. This program is run by the teachers.
- Visit the Chicago Public Library Web site – This tool is a great resource for children and parents, alike. Find local libraries, put books on hold, check out schedules for local events, and discover Chicago history.
- Note to parents: If your child could benefit from the assistance of a tutor, we encourage you to communicate your concerns with your child’s teacher, by leaving a note in the teacher’s mailbox (in the main office). Your teacher can recommend various options. Also, if you have extra timeand are willing to spend it helping a child get the extra help they need, as a tutor or mentor, please inform your child’s teacher. Please review volunteer information HERE.
Does your child need help building study skills? Do you have questions about your child's homework assignment?
Find answers to all your homework needs at Chicago Public Library. We have resources to help you in person or online.
Beginning September 11, drop-in homework help is available for children and their parents at CPL locations citywide. Certified teachers and trained homework helpers get kids focused and help them find the right learning strategies and the best resources for finishing their homework assignments.
Homework helpers are also available to answer parents' questions about their children's homework and offer suggestions on how parents can help kids with school assignments at home.
Homework help hours vary by location; contact your location for days and times.
This program is funded by grants to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.
Live one-on-one homework help is available online every day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Brainfuse. Students in early elementary through advanced college prep can get help with:
- Specific homework questions
- Improving study skills
- Writing papers
- ACT and SAT test prep
- Learning English as a second language
Help is available in English and Spanish. Use Brainfuse at any CPL location or at home with your library card.
We also have recommended resources from CPL librarians on our Kids page and Teens page.