2007-06-08 / Columnists

Weed And Seed Report

Queens Library's Weed and Seed Activities
By Nick Buron, Coordinator, Young Adult Services Weed And Seed, Queens Borough Library

By Nick Buron, Coordinator, Young Adult Services
Weed And Seed, Queens Borough Library

On any given school day, if you wander in to the Queens Library at either Arverne or Far Rockaway, you may see a group of students sitting around a table, heads down, working on their homework assignments. When they get stuck on a problem, they will look up and see a friendly face to assist them - Stacy Mizrahi.

Mizrahi is a teacher working at the Arverne and Far Rockaway libraries in the after school hours. She is ready to answer all their questions, thanks to funds provided by the Weed and Seed grant.

The Queens Library has been a presence in the communities on the peninsula for more than a century and has been a part of the Weed and Seed consortium since the beginning. Weed and Seed has enabled the Queens Library to provide much needed homework assistance to children and teens at both the Arverne and Far Rockaway libraries, and online to everyone in the Rockaways and beyond.

As part of the Queens Library's mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities, the Queens Library provides 15 hours of after-school homework help to children and teens. They are invited to walk in and get help as needed. Being assisted by a certified teacher who works in the community, specific curriculum-related questions can be addressed in a professional and knowledgeable way.

Mizrahi has all the resources at hand in the library when assisting students, including encyclopedias, books, and dictionaries. They can all be borrowed with a library card. Queens Library also subscribes to Tutor.com, an online homework service that can be used by any Peninsula resident (simply go to www.TeenLinQ.org and click on Live Homework Help), databases, free internet access and, best of all, a group of librarians and other library specialists dedicated to providing quality customer services to all who visit the library.

Queens Library is always available for children, teens and adults. Come visit the Arverne and Far Rockaway libraries or any of the other 61 Queens Library locations or visit online at www.queenslibrary.org.

The Queens Library is always there to help you, your children and your community.

For more information on Weed & Seed, contact Denean Ferguson, Site Coordinator at 646-552-8453 or www.farrockawayweedandseed.com

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