All services will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  

While our buildings are closed, due dates will continue to be extended. Items can now be returned on a limited schedule

Education and Literacy

Education & Literacy Services

Canva - Women at the Meeting

A safe place to reach your reading and writing goals.

How do I get help learning to read and write?

Call us at 510-745-1480 or fill out this form to get started!

How can I help someone learn to read and write?

No previous teaching experience is required to be a Learning Partner. We are looking for individuals who show empathy, respect, and patience for others in the learning process. We will provide training for all the rest! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently accepting new tutors. 

Learning Center

USA Learns

Improve skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency, and problem-solving.

Pronunciator

Pronunciator is an online language-learning service that includes 80 languages for beginners and advanced learners, kids, and adults.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Free tutoring for all ages. Expert tutoring in a variety of subjects. Offers resume builders, career help, & citizenship prep. 1pm-10pm.

Read With Us

Read With Us

Black Joy: A Booklist Celebrating Black Voices

For teens and others who are sometimes reluctant to read. The list includes different kinds of books written by African-Americans.

Sheroes of Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy books with females leading the way.

Fresh Reads: Family

Quick easy reads about family and everything that comes with it.
Fresh Reads Leaves

Find a Fresh Read

You Can Write Too!

You Can Write Too!

Learner Writing: The Cockatiel

John Lin writes about his pet cockatiel, Cutie.

Learner Writing: My Dream

Nhi Nhi Ly dreams of using English like a native speaker.

Learner Writing: I Have a Memory

Mariam Mogaddedi writes a letter about memories from home.

Learner Writing: Dog Max

Wanda Wang shares a story about her beloved dog Max.

We've got something for everyone.

Level Up!

Leveling Up

Learn English Online with Pronunciator!

Pronunciator is an online program to help you learn another language. Have your library card ready and get started!

Choosing the Right Reading Level

Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I know if I can read this book?” This is a good question! Learn how to find the right books for you.

Main Idea with Pictures: A reading comprehension strategy

Use pictures instead of text to teach the difference between main idea and details.
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