Homework Help for Grades K-8

Boston Public Library locations offer free after-school homework help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students. This is open to students in grades K-8. No registration is required. View the schedule and contact information for homework help in the participating branch libraries.

Read about our collaboration and the first Homework Help-SmartTALK training of the year in the Harvard Gazette article, “Harvard Helping the Helpers.”opens a new window

In-person Homework Help

  • The Homework Help program for 2018-19 starts on October 1 and ends on May 24. Please take a look at the schedule to find out if the program is offered in your branch.
  • We are hiring mentors to work at select branches for the 2019 – 2020 school year. 
  • If you would like to apply for a mentor position please attend one of the drop-in interview sessions shown below.
    • Tuesday, June 4, 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Central Library, Commonwealth Salon
    • Wednesday, June 5, 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Central Library, Commonwealth Salon 
      • Read the mentor job description before applying. To be eligible to work as Homework Help Mentor, you must:
      • Be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior, have a 3.0 or higher GPA
      • Enjoy working with children
      • Be able to work 3:30-5:30 p.m. after school at least 2 days per week, October through May
      • Bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply
      • Fill out a job application and contact Theresa Furbish to schedule an interview.
  • For more information about homework help or to schedule an interview, email Theresa Furbish at tfurbish@bpl.org or call 617.859.2325.

Boston Teacher's Union tutors

  • BTU teachers are available to help students K-12 with homework for free on select weekdays from 4-6 p.m. during the school year. The program begins on September 24 and ends on May 23. Please check out the schedule to see where the program is being offered. 

Online Homework Help

Online help courtesy of the BPL

  • LearningExpress Library can help students from grade school through college improve their skills by taking practice tests, completing exercises, and reading eBooks. What's more, LearningExpress can help college-bound students prepare for the ACT, SAT, and other standardized tests.
  • Look for books, CDs, movies, and more in the BPL catalog.
  • Search for articles and use books online with our student electronic resources.

Other online help

Other sources for homework help and after school programs in Boston

  • BOSTONavigator - The place to search for out-of school time programming in Boston.
  • Boston Youth Zone - Find activities, opportunities, and other fun stuff for kids and teens, plus important information and resources for parents.

Homework Help Mentors

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