The Oakland Public Library started Second Start Adult Literacy in 1984.
Adult Literacy at OPL
Main Library, 2nd Floor
125 14th St.
What We Do
"For the first time in my life, I feel good about saying things that are in my mind. I can put them on paper at last." - a Second Start student
Second Start Learners:
- are 18 and older
- OR, are 16 or 17 and not enrolled in high school
- have decided for themselves that they want to participate in Second Start.
- are able to talk with staff and tutors about what they want to learn. Tutoring pairs discuss their progress, what is working well, and what they would like to improve in their sessions.
- contact Second Start themselves to schedule a first meeting and enroll.
We meet new students by appointment only. We do not accept drop-in students.
The Need for Adult Literacy Services is Great
The Oakland Public Library's Second Start Program Works.
- reading street signs
- registering to vote
- passing a certification test for home care
- paying bills independently
- completing a job application
- getting a driver's license
- reading to children