Carlsbad CA— The City of Carlsbad is proud to announce the 10-year anniversary of its Library Learning Center on August 23, 2018. The Library Learning Center is located 3368 Eureka Place. Services and programs are free.
At a Glance
- The Library Learning Center was the third library to open its doors in Carlsbad and serves nearly 5,000 children, teens and adults each month.
- The Library Learning Center features a Spanish, English and bilingual library collection for all ages.
- The Library Learning Center offers an average of nearly 30 free programs in both English and Spanish each month, including story times, homework help, concerts and a Spanish-language book club.
- Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library Learning Center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
“The Library Learning Center is integral to the city’s mission to provide community members of all ages with convenient access to high quality resources and services to enrich their lives,” said Heather Pizzuto, Library & Cultural Arts Director. “Over the past 10 years, we’ve heard countless success stories of how the Learning Center’s programs are making a difference for Carlsbad residents.”
The Library Learning Center offers specialized education programs, such as the Early Literacy Program, where school-age children meet with their parent or caregiver and a volunteer tutor to strengthen reading skills. Currently 10 student-parent teams are working with volunteer tutors.
“One of our young students who participated in the Early Literacy Program improved his reading assessment scores by 60 percent,” said Pizzuto. “In addition to his scholastic improvement, his parents shared that the program helped him gain confidence and make new friends at school.”
Adult programs are also available. Each year in Literacy Services, approximately 100 adults meet one-to-one with a volunteer tutor to improve their reading and writing skills. Past participants have used the program to help them read to their children, read medicine labels and apply for college or new job. All program participants report they have met at least one of their reading or writing goals after working with a volunteer tutor.
The Library Learning Center also offers Career Online High School, a free, accredited online high school diploma program offered through a partnership of the Carlsbad City Library, through the Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation’s Benson Family Trust, California State Library and Gale, part of Cengage Learning. As of this year, the program has seven graduates and an additional seven are pursuing their diplomas. The first graduate Career Online High School at the Learning Center is now enrolled in a program to become a dental assistant.
“As we look back on the past years, we are proud to know the integrated programs and resources at the Library Learning Center are making a real difference in the lives of Carlsbad families,” said Pizzuto. “We are grateful to our dedicated library staff and community volunteers and eager to find new opportunities to support the community over the next 10 years. Thanks to generous support from our Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation, our Library Learning Center programs will continue to flourish.”
For more information about the Library Learning Center, visit www.carlsbadlibrary.org or call (760) 931-4500.