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Exam Cram offers student support at Burlington Public Library

Study hall sessions running at all seven branches until Jan. 30

With the winter term winding down for local high school students, the Burlington Public LIbrary is happy to announce the return of its popular Exam Cram study hall program.

Following a two-and-a-half year hiatus due to virtual and hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Exam Cram aims to support students — many of whom may be preparing for their first in-person exams. 

“We expect this year might be extra challenging for students,” says Tammy Casjaghy, Manager of Programming & Partnerships at Burlington Public Library. “We want to make sure they know the library is a welcoming and safe space where they can prepare for exams.”

Students are always welcome to study at the library’s seven branches, but the program adds a few special features during the week of exams to make “cramming” a bit more fun.   

Study, break, repeat 

Exam Cram runs at Burlington Public Library branches until Monday, Jan. 30. Staff will be visiting students to hand out treats, and “brain break” stations are set up at each location, where students can take a pause from studying and do a quiet activity.  

Individual and group study spaces are available at all branches, and the library has added extra seating in programming rooms and open spaces.

De-stress with a puppy  

St. John Ambulance therapy dogs will be visiting some branches to help students minimize stress. Scheduled drop-in sessions take place Jan. 25 from 7-8 p.m. at Tansley Woods, and Jan. 26, 27, 30 and 31 at Alton, from 8-9 a.m. No registration required!

Online Study Help 

Students who prefer to study at home can still get help from the library. BPL offers a virtual tutoring service, called  Brainfuse HelpNow. It can be accessed with an active library card number and provides live, virtual tutoring, video tutorials, group study aids, essay review, and more. Those who don’t have a library card can register for one for free at a local branch, or online.

For more information, or to find a library branch, visit bpl.on.ca.