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Newark Public Library begins 14th year of Club Success
October 22, 2007
Media only, please contact:
J. Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The Newark Public Library has begun its fourteenth year of holding Club Success: the program that offers Newark students, in grades 1 through 8, focused and aggressive assistance with their homework. More than 1,500 students from approximately 100 schools participated in last year’s program. During the length of the program, public, private, and charter schools throughout the city were represented in the homework clubs.

"This makes Club Success one of the longest-running homework-assistance programs in the area," notes Michele Cappetta, the library’s youth services coordinator. "Students receive teacher-supervised homework assistance using library materials and electronic resources." In the past, a number of high school students also availed themselves of this free service.

The clubs meet Monday through Thursday during the school year at all eleven Newark Public Library locations. (Except for the First Avenue branch, which will hold its first session on November 5, the program has begun system wide.) A team of library and school employees, consultants and community volunteers manage the program. Club Success is funded by a grant from the Newark Public Schools.

Students receive assistance in the content areas of mathematics, language arts literacy, social studies, and science. Throughout the year teachers provide help with independent reports and research papers. Computers are used for many of these reports, both for research and for typing the final drafts.

The individual clubs recognize the students’ achievements each quarter. This acknowledgment and the relaxed atmosphere of the clubs are factors in increased student participation. However, much of the success of the program may be credited to professional teachers who guide the students with their homework assignments. In addition to Pat McDonald, the teacher coordinator from the Newark Public Schools, several of the teachers have been with Club Success since its inception—most have been with the program for more than five years, and new teachers have joined the program at the Van Buren and First Avenue branches.

The following lists the branch library, its address and phone number, and the Club Success teacher’s name. For more information or to join a Club, call or stop by any Newark Public Library Children’s Room, or visit the Club at


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