Programs and Services for Adult Learning in 2019

Summary of Adult Learning Programs

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes

  • 334 English language-learning and conversation classes had an attendance of 4,500.

Citizenship classes

  • 115 U.S. citizenship classes — which help participants prepare for the U.S. citizenship interview and civics test — drew an attendance of 1,200.

Adult education workshops

  • 235 sessions of adult education tutoring had a total attendance of 3,400; the workshops offered help with job readiness, GED preparation, life skills and more.
  • 290 additional sessions of adult education (Talk Time and Ready to Work programs) were offered through community partnerships, with a total attendance of 4,100.
  • The Library’s English-language classes also included several “pop-ups” in civic leadership, through the People's Academy for Community Engagement (PACE).
  • Working with the University of Washington’s College of Education, we developed a series of family story telling workshops for parents and children.

Other key 2019 initiatives

  • Computer classes for Somali refugee women continued at the NewHolly Branch.
  • More than 450 technology classes offered instruction in everything from basic computer skills to digital photography, with attendance of more than 4,500.
  • We almost doubled the number of job search one-on-one consultation sessions in 2019, from 34 to 65 sessions.
  • More than 375 people received personalized learning plans from the popular Your Next Skill service, an increase of almost 40% from the previous year.
  • We continued to offer a Fake News Survival class.