Parents, next week when the kids ask to stay out so they can study longer at the library, it’s not a ploy to stay out later. The Glen Ellyn Public Library will be extending its hours three nights next week as students prepare for final exams.
The library will hold its “Late Night Study Hall” from 5 to 10 p.m. on January 14, 15, and 16. To assist students from Glenbard West and Glenbard South who are preparing for finals, the library stays open an extra hour during its special study hall.
The Glen Ellyn Public Library began hosting the study hall in 2006 and along with staying open a little later, the library also partners with restaurants that provide students with food to munch on, said Anthony McGinn, the library’s marketing coordinator.
About 125 students per day spend their evenings at the library studying for finals during the Late Night Study Hall, McGinn said. And, those who attend are studious for the most part.
While a few students are there to socialize, the majority of students are busy hitting the books, some in study groups, he said.
During the study hall students who get hungry, or who need a break from the rigors of academia, may visit the meeting room on the library’s first floor where there will be free pizza provided courtesy of Skuddlebutts and Barone’s. In addition, Starbuck’s and Caribou Coffee will be providing hot chocolate and coffee.
Along with the free food and beverages, students in need of academic assistance will be able to meet with Illinois high school certified teachers and tutors who can assist them with essays, test preparation and research papers.