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Lexington Public Library launches new tool to help with virtual learning

Posted at 2:36 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 18:01:02-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As students head back to school, many of them virtually, parents and kids alike can use all the help they can get. The Lexington Public Library is launching a new tool to make sure every student K-12 has the assistance they need to have a successful school year.

"Libraries are in the business of trying to help our community," said Anne Donworth, the Director of Development with the Lexington Public Library.

The Lexington Public Library, like just about everyone and everything, has been affected by the pandemic. First, they were forced to close their doors. Then, they began offering curbside services. Now, they have a new offering that anyone can access straight from their home computer.

It's called Brainfuse, and it is available just in the nick of time.

"It's got all kinds of online help for students and for families as they are doing NTI and virtual learning," Donworth explained. "You can log-on through our website lexpublib.org."

Brainfuse is free. A library card is not needed and it offers help with assignments and questions for all ages and subjects K-12. The help comes from retired teachers, educators and graduate students. There is also a Spanish-language option.

"You can get one-on-one help with your homework," Donworth said. "You can submit a paper for feedback, proofreading, anything like that. You can even take a FAFSA application test, and it will help you learn how to do that."

Anne Donworth said this will help take the load off teachers, make sure students are getting the extra help they need without in-person tutoring, and, as a mom herself, she said it also takes the pressure off parents who may now be doing more teaching than they ever thought they would.

"We're all a little uncertain about how this is going to work, so just having another tool in their toolbox I think will be really helpful," Donworth said.

For more about Brainfuse and all of the programs offered by the Lexington Public Library visit www.lexpublib.org.