1. Brainfuse? What is that? It is a free resource for people with active Kansas City Public Library cards. It offers skill-building, one-on-one chats with tutors, and feedback for papers that you write. You pick the topics, and someone will work with you in English or Spanish.
2. Who will be chat with me? Brainfuse tutors all hold bachelors degrees, have taught or tutored before, and have passed background checks. These folks have jumped through some major hoops, so they want to help.
3. What was my teacher talking about today? Tell your tutor what you remember or what your homework says. Chances are good that he or she can translate.
4. When will I get feedback on this paper that I sent for you to review? The database says, "Usually within one business day." So, expect a longer turn-around for weekends and holidays. (Holidays? Who does schoolwork on holidays? Seriously, go hang with your cousins).
5. Where can I access this? You can go on Brainfuse anywhere with Internet. Go to www.kclibrary.org > Research Resources > Databases. If you don't have home Internet, that's no problem. You can use computers at your Library.
6. How can I use this? You need your Library card number and PIN to start using
7. Why haven't I used this before? Maybe you didn't know about it. Now you do, so you have no excuse. Go!
Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas and has worked in public libraries for nine years. Currently, Anna is the Outreach Education Librarian for the Kansas City Public Library. While Brainfuse didn't exist back when she was in high school, she wishes that it had.