This week is a chance to recognize the hard work and resilience of adult learners who juggle family, jobs, and the challenges of life — even as they dedicate hours to pursue their educational goals. To celebrate we're highlighting a few of our lifelong learning programs for adults, young adults and families! Check back for daily blogs celebrating literacy this week.
To kick off, here are some our top programs:
Adult Basic Education
Across this country, one in six adults struggles with low literacy, one in three with basic math, and one in ten speaks limited English. In Oakland those numbers are much higher. Navigating life without these skills takes hard work and a lot of creativity. Oakland’s Second Start Adult Literacy program celebrates this creativity and provides concrete support to low-literacy adults who want to improve reading, writing, spelling, math and computer skills. As Miss Norma, our senior literacy instructor, teaches, “The power to control our own fate begins with our ability to read and write.” At Second Start, we are partners in student’s self-empowerment. This year alone students have secured jobs, passed the citizenship exam, gotten a driver’s license, registered to vote, passed GED subject tests and participated in monthly family literacy programs.
Language Learning and Citizenship
Oakland is home to a thriving global community speaking more than 80 different languages. We have something for everyone: Whether you want to practice English at our weekly conversation club, improve your Spanish at a Spanish conversation club, or teach yourself one of 80 languages online using Transparent Languages.
Oakland Library kicks off another round of its popular Job On! Secrets to Job Search Success in October. This four-class series is designed to help you get the job you want, covering all the cuts and bolts you need to plan, search and succeed. Call the Main Library to register, at 238-3134. Or, visit 81st Avenue’s Job Club to get help filling out applications or working on your resume.
Four in five adults say they could benefit from advice and answers to everyday financial questions. Whether you earn a lot of money or a little, you surely have questions about credit and budgeting, preventing identity theft, starting a small business or saving for an important purchase. Check out Temescal’s monthly series How to Start and Run a Small Business, Dimond’s Estate Planning workshop, or join us in November for “Breezing Through the Holidays,” to learn budgeting strategies to avoid year-end the credit card crunch.
If you have a financial program you’d like to see, let us know in the comments.
Last year Oakland Public Library offered 1,742 computer help programs providing direct support to nearly 3,500 people. With support from library staff, volunteers and youth in our Ready, Set, Connect program (check for their blog later this week), we provide one-on-one help in our computer labs, along drop-in help for using e-Books and more. Contact your local branch for a schedule. Here are just a few upcoming digital learning opportunities: Get Computer Help at Elmhurst or get help with e-Books and library apps at Montclair or the Main Library.
And lest we forget, Civic Literacy remains a vital part of what libraries do. Tuesday September 22 is National Voter Registration Day. Visit us at Piedmont, Dimond, Main, or get a regional list of locations here.
The National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 21-26, is sponsored by the National Coalition for Literacy. @NLCAdvocacy