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December 21, 2014

Using the Library

Get Help : Literacy & ESL

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Literacy & ESL

How does the Library promote adult literacy?

The Literacy Collection includes books, cassettes, videos and CDs for adults to improve their reading, writing and math skills. Learners can use some items on their own while other items are intended for use with a tutor.

The collection also includes materials on:

  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation
  • Parenting
  • Basic life skills

Classes and community organizations that serve adult basic skills and ESL students can tour the Central Library.

These tours focus on:

  • Using the Library
  • Getting a Library card
  • Locating items and services
  • Using Library resources to help with job searching
  • Improving basic skills

Where can I find these resources?

The Literacy, ESL and World Languages area is located on Level 1 of the Central Library. Call 206-386-4661 for more information.

See the Literacy/ESL Calendar for a list of upcoming classes and events.

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