Don't write off public libraries
All libraries now offer internet access, usually free, a space for children to work and supportive staff for those not fortunate enough to have these things at home. Many offer far more.
In Birmingham libraries we have free internet access, word processing, email and CD-Rom collections.
We also have core collections of homework help books linked to curriculum subjects, up-to-date reference books such as encyclopaedias, dictionaries and atlases. We have photocopiers and printers and 39 homework help clubs with trained staff to support children.
Many other library authorities have similar services and facilities. We find the heaviest demand for homework support is in the deprived areas so please encourage teachers to see libraries as partners, not has-beens.
Children's and youth librarian,