JP Kids: BPL rolls out after-school program

The Boston Public Library (BPL) has unveiled an after-school programming and it contains a retooled version of the popular homework tutor program.

There were concerns last spring that the Homework Assistance Program might be canceled when BPL announced that it was being folded inside a much broader after-school program.

“Homework help is one of the components of the library’s out-of-school time programming and is similar in structure to what students have utilized in recent years,” said BPL spokesperson Gina Perille in an email to the Gazette.

The homework program provides tutoring and mentoring to students in grades K-8 by high-achieving high school students.

Other elements of the after-school program include programmatic monthly themes. September has an art theme, while October’s theme is for Hispanic Heritage Month. Once such activity of the program took place Sept. 24 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, where students discussed artwork from the Museum of Fine Arts, which was followed by a jewelry workshop.

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