The Bridge at Main is now open!
The Bridge at Main is a literacy and learning center that prioritizes community learning, adult literacy, youth and family literacy and technology literacy to create a learning environment for 21st Century skills. We have three resource collections and a variety of services supporting literacy and learning.
We are located on the 5th floor on the west side of the building, facing the Civic Center Plaza.
The resources and services of Project Read and Learning Differences will be part of the Center, including materials supporting early literacy, as well as technology learning and literacy training and instruction. The Center will be responsible for the following programs and services:
- Partnerships with city agencies and community-based organizations;
- Collaborative programs with other libraries;
- City wide programs and events that support literacy and learning;
- Collections that support diverse learning needs;
- Collaboration with providers of ESL (English as a second language) training through workshops and classes;
- The Learning Lab, a public computer training room, will offer computer classes including basic and intermediate computer skills, language learning workshops, job seeking support, and classes that explain/demonstrate SFPL online database and eBook resources.
- Project Read Computer Lab for learners, tutors and guests; selected resources include:
- Computers customized for easy navigation and use;
- Literacy software programs;
- Links to sites helpful for independent learning and tutoring;
- Staff developed support tools, including tutor training, guides to using Google, Facebook, community resources and more;
- Subscriptions to databases for language learning, early literacy;
- Family literacy workshops;
- Books, audiobooks and other materials for adults and children;
In the interim, many of the computer training classes such as the Job Seekers Lab and the basic and intermediate computer skills class are being held in the 6th Floor Computer Training Room in the Main Library. Some classes, particularly those on evenings and weekends, have also moved into meeting rooms on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Floors, and into the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room. Check the computer class calendar online, or in the At the Library newsletter, for the location of a class.