Homework help Students can get connected to free online homework help from the Seattle Public Library and homework tutors at several branch...

Share story

Students can get connected to free online homework help from the Seattle Public Library and homework tutors at several branch libraries.


The service, Online Homework Help, allows students to get quick help from tutors on the library’s Web site: www.spl.org. Online Homework Help connects students to tutors in math, science, social studies and English between 3 and 10 p.m. daily. Spanish-speaking tutors are available between 3 and 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The service is set up for students in grades 4 through 12.


A help session operates as an online chat with the student and tutor corresponding in real time. All tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors or graduate-school students.


Students can use the service from library computers or from home or other remote locations. But a library card is necessary to use the online service.


In-person help with math, science, social studies and English is free at the Columbia City, Delridge and Madrona-Sally Goldmark branches.


Voter-registration reminder


With the deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 8 general election less than two weeks away, the King County Elections Office has made special arrangements for prospective voters to register in-person on the Eastside on Oct. 22 — two days before the deadline — from noon to 6 p.m. on the second level of Bellevue Square, between Aveda and Johnston & Murphy stores.


The deadline is Oct. 24 for prospective voters to register to vote Nov. 8. The deadline for mail-in registrations has passed, but unregistered King County residents still can register in person at the Elections Office, Room 553 in the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave. in downtown Seattle.


The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Voters unsure of their status can confirm their registration online at www.metrokc.gov/elections/pollingplace/birthday.aspx .


Registrations and address changes filed after Oct. 24 will be processed after the general election is certified Dec. 1. For other registration information, call 206-296-VOTE (8683) during office hours.


Getting around


Viaduct-closure reminder: The Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed this weekend for semiannual inspection. Both decks of the Highway 99 viaduct will be closed between South Spokane Street and the Battery Street Tunnel from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.


State Department of Transportation officials said the goal is to get the viaduct reopened as early as possible Sunday to accommodate early traffic to the Seahawks game at Qwest Field. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.


During the closure, however, increased traffic congestion is anticipated on all major north-south routes, including Interstate 5. Traffic conditions can be monitored online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic. Drivers also can get current traffic information on the road from the voice-activated driver information line, 511.


For your information


A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled tomorrow for a sheltered urban mountain-bike park.


The park will be under the deck of Interstate 5 between the Eastlake and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. It is a joint effort by the Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club and the Seattle Parks Department.


The project will include two acres of trails with skill-building features for mountain bikers, such as switchbacks, log rides, rock gardens and small jumps set amid freeway-support columns. The trails will simulate natural terrain. Construction will take about a year.


The groundbreaking will be at 3 p.m. at Lakeview Boulevard East and East Blaine Street.


Here & Now is compiled by Seattle Times staff reporter Charles E. Brown and news assistant Suesan Whitney Henderson.


To submit an item, e-mail herenow@ seattletimes.com or call 206-464-2226.