Homework is hard. We can help!

12th May 2022
Homework is hard. We can help!

Does your child ever ask you for support with their homework, and you’re not sure where to start? Don’t worry, help is at hand! And you need look no further than your Library.

While we LOVE a good fictional story in the Children’s Library, we also stock thousands of factual resources to help young people find the information they need both for school and for lifelong learning.

Finding non-fiction on our shelves can sometimes be a little trickier than finding story books. Factual and information books are shelved according to something called the Dewey Decimal system. This is a helpful way of storing books by subject matter rather than alphabetically, so you can find more than one book on a particular topic, all grouped together.

In the Children’s Library, we label our shelves with popular book subjects to help you find what you want, but if you aren’t sure how to find something – just ask! 


Information in the clouds

The Internet is also a wonderful resource for homework help, but how do you know which sites you can trust? The Schools Team provide access to a large number of reliable, accurate online resources. If you need login details, drop us an email [email protected]


Britannica School Edition has a nifty feature where students can select the study level that suits them. Foundation level is aimed at primary school learners, Intermediate level for 11 to 16-year olds and Advanced for those studying at a higher level. Britannica School Edition makes it easy and fun to access information; you might even start using it outside of homework time! A particularly cool feature is the World Atlas, which lets you to click on any place in the world to learn more about its culture, related articles and useful information about the place itself. Helping little ones learn has never been so much fun!

For older students who might be studying independently, Britannica School Edition can be a real lifesaver. Not only is it packed full of information, but each article is complete with help on citing the information they’ve used. Referencing in essays becomes an important practice as you get older, and Britannica offers invaluable assistance to help them get it right. 


Reading for pleasure is good for you!

Reading for pleasure is vitally important for a young person’s learning and development. With the power of a library card, young people can find thousands of stories in our Children’s and Young Adult collections. Research shows that reading for pleasure promotes empathy and emotional intelligence, lowers stress levels, boosts self-esteem, reduces depression - it even leads to better sleep.

Can’t get to the Library? Why not give an eBook or audiobook a try? Download the Libby and Borrowbox apps, and enter your membership number and PIN code to start borrowing digitally. There’s also SORA – a digital library just for school pupils. All you need to access SORA is your school code and borrower number; you can get these from your school or get in touch with us at [email protected]

When it comes to homework, whether you’re learning, teaching or helping, the Library is always here for you. For more info on school resources and how you can access them, contact us at [email protected]