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‘We help people:’ Jervis assists with homework, electronics

Mike Jaquays
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Posted 10/7/22

Even the best students can use some help with their homework now and then, says Jervis Public Library Children’s Librarian Emily Rundle.

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‘We help people:’ Jervis assists with homework, electronics

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ROME — Even the best students can use some help with their homework now and then, says Jervis Public Library Children’s Librarian Emily Rundle.

“Needing help doesn’t mean you aren’t a fantastic student,” she promised. “it doesn’t make you a bad student just because you might want a little help.”

Rundle started offering free K-12 Drop-In Homework Help from 4-5 p.m. every Tuesday afternoon in the library’s children’s room in September. While she enjoys serving the younger library patrons, Rundle said she also wants to use some of the other elements of her own education — specifically her other degrees in English and biology — to help some of the older students as well.

“There are a lot of people who can’t afford to hire a tutor, so I wanted to do this here at the library to help them out,” she explained.

“We are thrilled Emily came to us with this idea,” said library Director Lisa Matte, who offered to augment Rundle’s tutoring with her own math knowledge. “We are excited to see this take off.”

Rundle’s homework help will assist in subjects like reading, math, science and history, while also showing students and their parents the resources to continue the lessons online at home if they would like. The students get stickers for a job well done - and even the older students seem to appreciate that special reward, Rundle said.

And if there is enough of a response, the library could expand that current one hour a week schedule, Rundle added. She also noted that patrons can let the library know if another time would be better for the homework help program.

Rundle said she just likes helping the students out, and she especially enjoys seeing the students’ change in expression as they firmly grasp the concept she is explaining.

“I can always see the point where they really feel confident about what we are doing,” Rundle said. “I really like to see that ‘got it!’ moment.”

The library also helps out with electronics problems. The librarians at the reference desk will quite often answer questions about electronic devices, but for more extensive, one-on-one service they also offer Drop-In Digital Literacy Assistance from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Matte said the library currently has two LiteracyCNY volunteers to assist patrons who have questions on basic computer operation skills like emailing, navigating the internet safely and filling out paperwork like unemployment or Department of Motor Vehicles forms.

They will also help with working another electronic device like a Smartphone or tablet. This program is free to library patrons and does not require an appointment.

“This is what we do - we help people,” Matte explained. “We can’t always anticipate what help people will need but when we do find out we reach out to them.”

“And we do it with a smile,” Rundle added.

The Jervis Public Library is at 613 North Washington St. For more information, call 315-336-4570 or visit www.jervislibrary.org.

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