Library publicizes access to tutoring, library cards

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 7, 2018

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Patrons of the Sterling Heights Public Library don’t need to do much research if they want to gain access to checking out books or getting help with homework.

During the Sept. 4 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, Sterling Heights Public Library Director Tammy Turgeon gave a presentation about the library’s new online tutoring program, as well as a drive to distribute more library cards to locals.

Turgeon said the first day back to school was an ideal time for many students to take a look at the services of a website called Tutor.com because it’ll help them succeed academically.

“It’s going to help all of us with schoolwork and homework, that wonderful thing we’re doing now,” she said.

According to the library, Tutor.com is affiliated with the Princeton Review and has learning materials for students in all grade levels and even adults in more than 60 subjects and topics for test preparation. Turgeon said English, math, science and social studies are the main subjects covered.

The local Suburban Library Cooperative purchased the service, Turgeon said. As a result, she said, students may log on to the Tutor.com website, enter their library card number and create an account. Students may connect to it online or through a mobile device.

Once they’re logged in, students may watch videos 24/7 or get one-on-one online tutoring 4-11 p.m. through a message board and a shared digital whiteboard, Turgeon said.

“The tutors are all master degree teachers that have been background-checked,” she said.

Older students and adults may use Tutor.com for job search resources and may turn in résumés for review, she said. The program also offers study and preparation for the ACT and SAT standardized exams.

“It’s going to really help Mom and Dad when they’re struggling to help their kid with that hard math problem,” she said.

Turgeon said the library is trying to attract new patrons due to September being National Library Card Sign-up Month. The library is having raffles in which winners will receive prizes. People who sign up for library cards in September will get a prize of some sort and may have a chance to win a bigger prize.

The library’s public relations and programs coordinator, Jason Groth, said the library typically gets a bump in the number of people interested in applying for new cards.

“So looking at past stats, we have about a 20 percent increase in the number of new library cards compared to the yearly average,” he said. 

Groth said there are a couple of reasons why the library does the campaign every year.

“One, it’s a part of a national campaign from the American Library Association, and two, it’s just a good time of the year. School is starting again. That’s a very good supplemental resource for anyone who is doing classes.”

Find out more about programs at the Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, by visiting www.shpl.net or by calling (586) 446-2665.