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Manlius Library offers course on study habits, organization

Soon after school starts, the Manlius Library will hold its fourth annual workshop called, "Strategies for the Successful Student" -- a program that centers on organization, homework and test-taking tactics for the middle school-aged student. Backed by Fayetteville-Manlius council members, guidance counselors and teachers, the staff at Manlius Library formed three-day sessions that focus on such things as organizing backpacks, budgeting time and learning the best ways to study and take notes.

"It's very worthwhile," said Trish Paparone, program coordinator at Manlius Library.

The series developed after Paparone noticed her daughter Ellen, who was in seventh grade at the time, needed some organizational guidance. She searched for programs that supported this type of difficulty but found none. Paparone then decided to pursue a course of action at the library, and since its start, the course has been filled to capacity.

Each series consists of three one-hour sessions and are taught by Eagle Hill Middle School teachers Elizabeth Stevens and Tom Bersani. There is no direct affiliation with the school district, Paparone said.

"We're really [just] trying to support the school system," she said. "The parents find it helpful. The school finds it helpful that they can say to the parents there is this [option] if you want it."

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