Program offers Free Tutoring for Reading

Program offers Free Tutoring for Reading

New READ Program Taught By Credential Teachers, Focuses on Comprehension

FreeTutoring_Finding-the-Perfect-Book Free Tutoring Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comSANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL announced it has launched a new tutoring program focused on reading comprehension.

The READ Program, which stands for “Reach for Every Amazing Detail”, began in September at two SCPL branches. The program serves students grades 2-12 with 30 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher.

“Assisting students to improve their reading skills is a valuable service we provide our patrons,” said Janis O’Driscoll, interim director of Santa Cruz Public Libraries. “This tutoring gives students the tools to do better in school, and also to comprehend and enjoy books more deeply.”

READ tutoring is currently available by appointment only. Call 831-427-7717 or email to make an appointment. READ is offered

Mondays 3-5 p.m.

  • FreeTutoring_SCPL-Logo-clr Free Tutoring Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comDowntown Santa Cruz Library

Wednesdays 3-5 p.m.

  • La Selva Beach Library

The new READ Program expands the Homework Help program already provided at many SCPL branches.

Homework Help provides free assistance with schoolwork by a certified teacher and volunteers on a variety of subjects for all students under 18. Homework Help is available at various SCPL branches on a drop-in basis:

Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m.

  • Downtown Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St.
  • Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road
  • La Selva Beach Library, 316 Estrella Ave.

Wednesdays from 3-5

  • Garfield Park Library, 705 Woodrow Ave.
  • Boulder Creek Library, 13390 West Park Ave.

The READ and Homework Help programs will be offered through May 25, 2016, with breaks for major holidays including Veterans Day (Nov. 11), Thanksgiving (Nov. 24-25) and winter break (Dec. 21-Jan. 11).

Call 831-427-7717 for more.


The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) system delivers information, education, enrichment and inspiration through a network of 10 neighborhood library branches, a web-based digital library, a Bookmobile and community-based programs. Branch locations include Aptos, Boulder Creek, Branciforte, Capitola, Downtown Santa Cruz, Felton, Garfield Park, La Selva Beach, Live Oak and Scotts Valley. Learn more about SCPL at or via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.


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