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Second Start
Oakland Public Library
Main Library - 2nd Floor
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3432
Fax: (510) 238-6934
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Second Start helps adults reach their literacy goals.

In 1984, the Oakland Public Library started one of the original library-based adult literacy programs in California.  Since that time, adults in the Second Start program have been improving their basic literacy skills in order to achieve their personal learning goals and dreams.  Every adult who walks through the door is a lifelong learner, and Second Start can be the beginning of a truly transformative journey in learning and in life.

“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

How We Do It

Second Start offers a confidential setting in which adults with low skill levels are able to get a “second start” at learning, for free.  Adult students meet one-to-one with volunteer tutors.  They can also participate in the computer learning lab, or in family literacy programming if they are parents or have children in their lives.  Small learning groups focusing on reading, spelling, math and book discussions are also available to adult literacy students enrolled in the program.  Second Start is a friendly, welcoming learning community and offers a variety of workshops and other special events throughout the year.

Please call us or drop us a line if you would like to find out more about participating in Second Start—either as an adult learner or as a volunteer tutor.


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