The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL), a network of 10 neighborhood library branches throughout Santa Cruz County, 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 is offered at the Downtown Santa Cruz Library from 3-5 p.m. Mondays and at the La Selva Beach Library from 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays. READ tutoring is currently available by appointment only. Call 831-427-7717 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

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. at Downtown Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St.; Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road; and La Selva Beach Library, 316 Estrella Ave.; and Wednesdays from 3-5 at Garfield Park Library, 705 Woodrow Ave. and 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. SCPL serves children, teens and adults with innovative programming, professional services and community facilities that spark imagination and support discovery. Residents can explore a wide range of interests from academic research, book clubs and literacy programs to digital photography, locally-produced music and local history. 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.