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The NYPL now offers free one-on-one virtual tutoring—here's how to access it

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The New York Public Library now offers free one-on-one virtual tutoring in a partnership with Brainfuse, the online teaching resource. All you need to access a session is a library card.

Just in time for the start of the NYC DOE's grand experiment to introduce remote learning for over 1 million kids, this free after-school homework help for K-12 students is available for a wide range of subjects, from mathematics and reading, to Spanish and Mandarin, to essay workshops. This service offers videos, activities, writing labs, and other programs 24 hours a day, as well as tutoring via chat from 2–11pm seven days a week in both English and Spanish.

If you need a library card, you can get one online in just a couple of minutes. A library card is free for any person who lives, works, attends school or pays property taxes in New York State.

This is just one way the NYPL is adapting to the times and expanding its online resources. The library also lets you browse 300,000 books on SimplyE, the electronic reader it developed—the bounty of NYPL free books is one of the silver linings we've seen in recent days. Others include virtual online story times, the Pop-Up Classroom online series from Lincoln Center and the New Victory Arts Break online videos that brings the performing arts into your home. 

NYC might be mostly closed down, but  NYC culture is still going strong.

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