Learning Centers -
A Valuable Resource for Long Beach's Families!
Important Community Needs:
Access to Computers:
Technology Counts 2008, a recent study completed by the Education
Resource Centerand published inn Education Week, surveyed
states to assess the status of K-12 educational technology across the nation in
the areas of access, use and capacity. The report assigned grades to the
states for their technology access and performance in these categories.
California received an "F"!
One-on-One Bilingual Homework Help:
Over ten years ago, the Long Beach Public Library
discovered a real need to increase support for children working on homework at
the library. Youth Service librarians were inundated with questions from
children who didn't understand their assignments, were struggling with
completing their homework, had English language barriers or were looking for
specialized help. While the librarians could offer guidance finding
library resources, they didn't have the staff to fulfill the special one-on-one
attention the children really needed.
Helping the Whole
Family Close to Home:
In a city of over 400,000 people, many low income
families use public transportation to travel long
distances to work and school. Many children take
the bus home and cannot take advantage of the after
school resources offered by the school district.
Instead they visit their local library. The entire
family can visit the Learning Center together and
receive specialized assistance. A father can work
on a resume, a mother can practice English, a daughter
can get help with her homework, and a pre-school son can
learn to read using special interactive software.
An Award Winning
Since the first center opened,
the twelve Long Beach Learning Centers have supported over 450,000
requests for assistance. The Centers are designed to address the full range of
education, information and learning needs of at-risk children and families.
The Learning Guides are often college-age students who love what they do and
many are training to become teachers. They help provide families with
quality bilingual homework assistance, English literacy skills, encouragement from positive role models, access to computers and educational software and supervised Internet assistance.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS
IN MEMORY OF JOHN
WILL J. REID
"100 Best Cities for Young People"
America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth
the national panel recognized the Long Beach Public Library Family Learning
Centers asthe national panel recognized the Long Beach Public Library Family Learning
Centers as one of the nation's most innovative public partnerships.
"2004 Friend of
Teachers Association of Long Beach
"Crystal Vision Award""Crystal Vision Award"
The Employees Fund of the Boeing Company
"2003 Helen Putnam Award for Community Partnership Excellence"
California's League of 477 Cities
for the Nation"
In 2001, the American Library Association contracted UCLA to study
library-based after school homework assistance programs. Of the 25 national
programs evaluated, the Long Beach Public Library Family Learning Center
Project was recognized as "a model for the nation."