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Reading and Homework Help

During the library's closure and while schools are operating virtually, we'll be offering a new service. 

Aprendiendo Juntos: Ayuda Virtual para Estudiantes

¿Necesita ayuda con los deberes escolares de sus hijos? La biblioteca pública está disponible para ayudarte! Personal bilingüe te ofrece apoyo para entender los deberes escolares, manejar nuevas tecnologías de aprendizaje, y ayudarte con cualquier pregunta relacionada con los estudios de sus hijos. Envía un texto al número 805-764-4542 o llama al 805-564-5674 durante las horas de 2-4 de la tarde los lunes o miércoles, y te enviaremos una invitación a una sesión de Zoom para participar en un videochat con nosotros. Si prefiere platicar por teléfono, también se puede. Podemos ayudar a tu hijo/a directamente o podemos platicar contigo. 


Learning Together: Virtual Support for Students

Are you having trouble assisting your kids with school assignments? The Santa Barbara Public Library is here to help! Bilingual staff offer support to understand school assignments, figure out new apps and learning technology, and answer questions related to studying from home. Text us at 805-764-4542 or call 805-564-5674 between 2 - 4 PM on Mondays or Wednesdays, and we’ll send you an invitation to a Zoom meeting so that you and/or your child can video chat with us. If a telephone call works better for you, we can do that too. We can assist children directly with assignments or help parents with school-related challenges.


Library Research Resources

    • Britannica KIDS – An online encyclopedia for students in grades 4-9. (For in-library use click here)
    • Britannica Escolar - Descubra los artículos enciclopédicos, los recursos multimedia y otros materiales de aprendizaje que apoyan la investigación de los estudiantes y refuerzan la programación curricular. El acceso es provisto por la Biblioteca del Estado de California.  
    • Britannica School Edition - Encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, education games and other learning resources that support student research. Access is provided by the California State Library.
    • Gale Archives Unbound - Presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. Collections are chosen for Archives Unbound based on requests from scholars, archivists, and students.
    • Toucan Valley Social Studies Fact Cards – Reference information for reports on California Indians, California Explorers, California Missions & Mission Life, California Ranchos, California Governors, and California History by Decade (pre-1770 to present)
    • Teaching - A comprehensive resource of youth book lists and guides to award-winning and diverse literature, literature lesson plans, literature-based vocabulary lists, meet-the-author videos and book readings, readers' theatre scripts, and video book trailers. Access is provided by the California State Library K-12 student readiness initiative.  
    • Click here for more in-depth research tools by subject

*New* OG Readers Literacy Tutors

Reading doesn't come naturally for many. The Library has a new program to help children in 1st-4th grades who are having difficulty learning to read. Students will be paired with a tutor trained in the Orton-Gillingham methods.

The Orton-Gillingham approach uses multi-sensory learning, phonics based instruction, and other tools to demystify the process of learning to read. This approach was developed for readers with dyslexia, but are great strategies for all struggling readers, including English language learners. 

The OG Readers curriculum teaches the sounds of the English language and their corresponding symbols, spelling rules and generalizations, and syllable types. The program uses a specific order of introduction of reading skills based on how we learn language. Students must master one reading skill before moving on to the next. The lessons are structured to include the same seven basic parts for each meeting: decoding and/or phonograms, sight word reading, the new concept for the lesson, alphabet knowledge, spelling, dictation, and oral reading.

Students will be matched with a tutor and meet with their them once a week for an hour at the library to practice skills that will improve their reading, writing, and spelling. Tutors are trained volunteers who have completed background checks. 

For more information or to add your child to the waiting list for tutors, please email

Note: This program replaces the drop-in homework help program that operated at Central Library.

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