Teen librarians and reference librarians (on the second floor at the Central Library) are happy to help you find the resources you need to get your school work done. The library catalog can lead you to lots of books, articles, and databases which may be helpful. (Tip: don't go straight to Google or Wikipedia! Books will often lead you to more accurate and reliable information more quickly than random websites.) If you need help searching the catalog, please don't hesitate to ask a librarian to show you how. We can quickly teach you the few skills needed to find what you're looking for. After that you'll be able to do it yourself and find any book in the library.
The library also offers more than fifty databases that are great for research! What's so great about databases? For one thing, they can save you a lot of time and trouble. With a single search you can get access to articles from thousands of reputable journals, then customize your search to get just the results you're looking for. But the databases aren't just for research. You can use them to look up your family history, find information on careers, help you decide what to read next, even learn a new language!
As a resident of Somerville, you are eligible for Free Tutoring with a college student! Tufts University's Leonard Carmichael Society offers this service to kids in grades K-12 from the Somerville and Medford communities who need assistance in any subject area. You can fill out an online application to be matched with a tutor here.
Finally, here are a few websites that offer free homework help for teens - there are many more, but these are a few that we like:
Need more help? Ask a librarian! We're here for you.