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  • Literacy at Santa Monica Public Library

    The Library's Literacy Education for Adults & Families (LEAF) program includes literacy services for all ages.  All programs are free and open to the public.  For more information on any of the programs, use the contact information listed.

    Adult Literacy Tutoring
    Volunteer literacy tutors work one-on-one with adult learners in a library setting. Tutors meet with learners once or twice per week to work on learning goals in 1 to 2 hour sessions. For more information, call (310) 458-8603 or email us at literacy.program@smgov.net.  Information on how to become an adult literacy tutor can found at VolunteerMatch.

    Career Online High School
    The Santa Monica Public Library offers a limited number of scholarships for Career Online High School (COHS). Funded by the California State Library, the program offers adult students the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and a career certificate.  The program is self-paced and each credit is designed to be completed in one month.  Students can take up to 18 months to complete the 18 credit program.  Learn more here or contact Stephanie Archer at stephanie.archer@smgov.net or (310) 458-8308.

    Computer Classes
    The Library offers free instructional classes on various topics. Classes are held at the Main and branch libraries.  Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.  For more information, visit or call the library where the class is being held, or call Telephone Reference at (310) 434-2608.  
    The difficulty level for each class is noted as either beginner, intermediate, or advanced:
    Beginner - no previous computer experience necessary
    Intermediate - requires proficiency with using the mouse and keyboard
    Advanced - requires proficiency with mouse and keyboard and familiarity with any relevant software (i.e., those taking Word II should have taken Word I or have some experience with using Microsoft Word)  

    Connected Families Events
    For families with children age 4-12. The Library hosts play sessions with high-tech and low-tech activities to promote computational thinking, spark creativity, and encourage family-togetherness. Questions can be emailed to ideashappen@smgov.net.

    Digital Literacy for Youth
    A variety of workshops help youth develop digital skills:
    Tech & U – Kids age 8-12 complete fun projects that help them think about being safe and ethical online.
    CoderDojo – Kids age 8-17 practice computer science and coding skills with volunteer mentors.
    3D Printing Workshops – Kids age 8 & up learn to use a computer program to create designs for 3D printing. Successful participants become eligible to use the Library’s free 3D printing service.
    Questions can be emailed to ideashappen@smgov.net.

    Digital Literacy for Adults
    A variety of programs provide adults the opportunity to develop digital skills:
    Appy Hour – Hands-on session offering Q&A about using a personal computing device.
    Computer Skills Classes – Instruction on a variety of computer topics.
    HTML/CSS – Workshop series teaches how to use HTML/CSS to create a basic website.
    Open Lab – Informal sessions for exploring virtual reality, 3D printing, and other emerging technologies.
    3D Printing Workshops –Instruction on how to use a computer program to create designs for 3D printing. Successful participants become eligible to use the Library’s free 3D printing service.
    Questions can be emailed to ideashappen@smgov.net.

    ESL Classes
    The Santa Monica Public Library hosts an ongoing series of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes taught by Adult Education Center instructors.  Classes are free and students must be 18 years or older to attend.  Community parents and SMMUSD parents have priority enrollment.  Enrollment is through the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Adult Education Center, located at 2510 Lincoln Blvd., Room 203, Santa Monica, 90405.  Contact Olga Saucedo at (310) 664-6222, ext. 76203 to enroll.
    Class Options:
    English as a Second Language (ESL), Multi Level LOW | Mondays & Wednesdays | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | August 27, 2018 through May 29, 2019 | Community Room | Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard 
    English as a Second Language (ESL), Multi Level HIGH | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 11:45 am - 2:45 pm | August 28, 2018 through May 30, 2019 | Multipurpose Room | Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard

    L.E.A.R.N. Homework Help 
    The L.E.A.R.N. homework help team strives to makes a difference in children’s lives and to give them the confidence they need to succeed in school.  L.E.A.R.N. offers free homework help and skills building in reading comprehension for students in grades 1 through 8. L.E.A.R.N. takes place at the Main Library on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-6:00pm, and at the Pico Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm. It is a drop-in program, with no registration required. Volunteers work with students one-on-one for 20-minute sessions. The L.E.A.R.N. program school year calendar, including holiday breaks. For more information, call the Main Library at (310) 458-8621 or the Pico Library at (310) 458-8684.   

    Reading-2-Go
    The Library invites Santa Monica families with children in the home that are ages one to four, and not part of a preschool or daycare program to take part in Reading-2-Go. Participants receive a rotation of themed kits containing books, music, and educational toys twice per month, early literacy training with a librarian, and weekly tips on making reading easy and fun texted to your smartphone. Kits are available in English, Spanish, and Amharic. For more information, contact Jennifer Boyce at (310) 458-8637 x2106 or jennifer.boyce@smgov.net.  

    Second Chance Learning Program: GED/HiSET Preparation Classes
    Second Chance Learning and the Library can help you earn your GED or HiSET diploma.  Commit to our free GED/HiSET preparation classes, taught by English and ESL instructor Valerie Lernihan, and we will pay your test registration fees. No advance class registration required.  For more information, go to https://smpl.org/ged_prep.aspx or contact Stephanie Archer at stephanie.archer@smgov.net or (310) 458-8308.
    Language Arts Class | Wednesdays | October 3, 2018 through May 22, 2019 | 6:45 to 8:45 pm | Community Room | Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

    Walk-In Tutoring: Basic Reading, Writing, and Online Skills
    Friendly volunteer tutors provide help with basic reading, writing, and computer skills; using the Internet to search for information; opening and using an email account; filling out online forms or applications; learning how to write a resume or cover letter; and more.  Walk-In Tutoring happen most Tuesdays, check the monthly Calendar of Events on the Library's homepage for exact dates.
    Tuesdays | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Community Room or Computer Classroom | Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

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