Santa Maria Public Library Foundation President Jackie MacNeil cuts the ceremonial ribbon. The Santa Maria Public Library Homework Center and Homework Help program is made possible through funding from the Foundation.
Santa Maria Public Library Foundation President Jackie MacNeil cuts the ceremonial ribbon. The Santa Maria Public Library Homework Center and Homework Help program is made possible through funding from the Foundation.

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce recently helped the Santa Maria Public Library and the Santa Maria Public Library  Foundation celebrate the grand re-opening of their Homework Center, just in time for the new school year!

The Homework Center at the Santa Maria Public Library was started after staff at the library saw a need for better assistance for students who studied at the library.

“We were getting about 30 to 50 questions a week for homework help, and we only have one staff member here in the evenings,” explained Library Youth Services Coordinator Dawn Jackson. “So we thought, we should really do something about this.”

With funding help from the Santa Maria Public Library Foundation, the Library opened their homework help center last January. The center, located inside the Santa Maria Public Library, gives homework assistance to grades K-6. Tutors are available between 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm Monday – Thursday.

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau Membership Manager Cara Martinez presents the ceremonial ribbon to Santa Maria Public Library Librarian Mary Housel.
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau Membership Manager Cara Martinez presents the ceremonial ribbon to Santa Maria Public Library Librarian Mary Housel.

Jackson hopes the program will continue to grow and be utilized in this community, where many similar programs remain impacted. “We’ve seen great improvement in the students who do come and get homework help, and the teachers and parents seem really excited about the program,” Jackson said. “We’re just excited to be able to offer this program and play a part in the education of our local youth.”

If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor or donating funds to the Santa Maria Public Library Foundation, or would like to learn more about the program, you can contact Dawn Jackson at the Santa Maria Public Library at (805) 925-0994. Learn more about the Homework Center in the video below.