Gladstone City youth services librarian Bettina Nissen with Bree-Elle Hoffman, 10, during the libraries Homework Help service, held every Tuesday.
Gladstone City youth services librarian Bettina Nissen with Bree-Elle Hoffman, 10, during the libraries Homework Help service, held every Tuesday. Luka Kauzlaric

Homework help close for students

STUDENTS have just returned for the third school term, but they already have access to homework and assignment help for free.

The Gladstone City Library homework help service gives students of all ages the opportunity to access online resources and non-fiction books for assignments.

Gladstone City youth service librarian Bettina Nissen and volunteers from the Friends of the Library assist youth every Tuesday from 3.30-4.45pm.

She said it was a helpful service for older students who could search the national and state library databases and young children who were learning to read and spell.

"The idea is when students come in looking for resources for a project or assignment they can bring in their homework, too," Ms Nissen said.

"The library rush at 3.30pm was well known, but it doesn't get as busy these days because children can just hop online.

"Especially for children 10 and under, it's much better for them to look through a book, then at the internet when there are so many sites which come up with each search."

The service has been offered for a year now and is slowly building in numbers.

Bree-Elle Hoffman, 10, planned to bring in her homework this term.

The Year 5 student read through books about Chinese goldfields for an assignment she is working on, with Ms Nissen yesterday.