Santa Monica Public Library Establishes Adult Literacy Program
City of Santa Monica NEWS: 5.03.2017
Santa Monica Public Library is now offering adult literacy services to the Santa Monica community. Part of the Library’s LEAF (Literacy Education for Adults & Families) initiative, the program offers free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners. Volunteer literacy coaches are matched with adult learners for personalized tutoring sessions at Santa Monica Public Library locations. Additionally, the Library will offer open lab sessions for adult learners wanting help with reading, writing, and using a computer.
The Library’s adult literacy program focuses on adult learners meeting their personal reading and writing goals, such as completing a job application, reading to their children or grandchildren, learning to use email, writing checks and paying bills, or obtaining a driver’s license. Volunteer literacy coach and adult learner pairs meet regularly at Santa Monica Public Library locations, which provide spaces conducive to learning, as well as computers and literacy materials. Adult literacy coaches must be 18 years of age or older, have an interest in building a learning relationship with another adult, be able to meet once or twice per week for one- to two-hour tutoring sessions, and be willing to make a six-month commitment to the program. Adult learners receive free and confidential assistance with learning at their own pace. They set personal reading and writing goals and receive one-on-one support from a literacy coach, at least once per week, at their convenience.
In 2016, Santa Monica Public Library was awarded a California Library Services grant from the California State Library in order to establish an adult literacy program. READ MORE @