Library homework program to change

The Boston Public Library’s (BPL) popular Home Assistance Program is to be folded into a broader out-of-school program, according to BPS spokesperson Gina Perille.

The Gazette first learned about the change when JP resident Amy Snell complained during Councilor Matt O’Malley’s “town hall” meeting that the program was going to end.

The homework program currently provides free homework help by high-achieving high school students for students in grades K-8.

Perille said BPL will be surveying the students who use that program and those that don’t to get their ideas and comments about what the out-of-school program should offer.

“We are looking forward to the input we receive,” she said.

Perille said BPL hopes to conduct the surveys at the end of the month and into May, and spend the summer on planning. The expectation is to have the new program in place for September.

“It’s a bigger umbrella,” Perille said about the new program. “Under that umbrella, there will be more variety.”

The homework program, which is held at several branches, including JP’s Connolly, Jamaica Plain and Egleston Square, will continue in its current form through May, when it usually ends.

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