Indie bookstores are dedicated to helping people find books, magazines, and other resources that will enrich and improve their lives, so it makes sense that they're great sites for tutoring and literacy programs as well. For the last two years it's been our pleasure to host in our Green Room and eBar a volunteer tutoring program coordinated by University of Guelph Family Relations and Applied Nutrition professor Susan Chuang and community activist and artist Nick Craine. Local high school students who register for the program meet with their individual tutors late weekday afternoons to work on specific subjects.
When I wander into the eBar in the afternoons, it's a buzzing center of concentration and hard work but, of course, there's also a lot of laughter, and everyone appreciates the pizza that Ox supplies for the students and tutors. Recently the University of Guelph's online publication, At Guelph, posted a story on the tutoring program. Things are wrapped up for this year, but we're looking forward to welcoming back both students and tutors early in the new year.
If you have a child who is high school age and might be interested in attending the tutoring program, or if you're interested in tutoring a student, contact Susan Chuang at schuang [at] uoguelph.ca.