Library Update

I want to provide an update on our adult literacy initiative, which began with last year’s budget and is expanding this fiscal year.  Learn at SAPL, as we are branding the initiative, is an adult basic education program, provided jointly by the San Antonio Public Library and Department of Human Services

The program assists adult learners in pursuing or continuing their basic education needs, while also addressing barriers to meeting their goals.  The program currently operates out of the Westfall and Bazan branch libraries, with expansion to the Cortez and Carver branches coming on-line in January.  Each site offers the services of a dedicated Adult Education Teacher, a Social Service Case Manager, and a designated computer work area for client needs.

The complementary services of case management, social services, and one-on-one expert education assistance provide for tailored support to residents seeking to learn English, improve reading and writing, or earn a GED.

In the first month of operations at the two sites, 226 learners have been served in a one-on-one setting. In addition, information sessions and peer groups through the program have served more than 140 learners.  Staff has also provided over 50 sessions as part of the effort to reduce barriers to success by matching learners with social services.

Learn at SAPL will host two open houses next week: first at Westfall Library on Monday at 6 p.m., and second at Bazan Library on Wednesday, November 19, also at 6 p.m. You are all invited to attend and learn more about this new program.

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