Mayor Announces Popular Afterschool Program Surpasses 36,000 Visits, Outlines Vision for Reinvigorating San Diego Libraries as a Community Hub

Mayor's FY2017 Budget Proposal Builds on Successes by Including New Funding for Innovation, Learning & Civic Engagement Programs in Public Libraries

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - NEWS RELEASE
 
SAN DIEGO – Building on the success of his popular Do Your Homework @ The Library program, which has received more than 36,000 student visits, today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer joined San Diego Public Library Director Misty Jones to detail a new vision for further re-establishing City libraries as a community hub for innovation, learning and civic engagement through his fiscal year 2017 city budget proposal.
 
Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said, “We all know that libraries are full of books and computers, but today’s libraries must be much more. I believe modern libraries can serve as a community hub that fosters innovation, civic engagement and education, which is why I’m proposing programs, staff and initiatives in my budget that will help take San Diego libraries into the future.” 
 
Library Director Misty Jones said, “The San Diego Public Library has a vision to be the place for opportunity, discovery and inspiration. We are committed to providing unique and inventive educational initiatives, cutting-edge technology and opportunities for community engagement and involvement for all San Diegans.”  
 
Continuing to build a better future for all of San Diego’s neighborhoods, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s budget proposal includes several key initiatives to ensure public libraries serve as a resource for every resident, family and child. The mayor’s vision is defined through some of key initiatives in his city budget proposal:
 
Foster Community Engagement for Every Neighborhood
This includes more than $175,000 from the city general fund for the addition of 2 full-time positions in the library department to support a greater role for San Diego Public Libraries to create and carryout community, learning and civic engagement programs similar to the Do Your Homework @ The Library Program and IDEA Lab at Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library throughout the city. 
 
Bolster the Popular Do Your Homework @ The Library Program
The Do Your Homework @ The Library Program, created via Mayor Faulconer’s inaugural One San Diego budget, is the city’s first comprehensive afterschool program that provides one-one-one assistance to San Diego schoolchildren (kindergarten to 8th grade) for assigned homework. The program is offered in libraries near schools working to raise student achievement and provides Wi-Fi access, digital resources and tutoring programs to students. Now in its second year, the program has recorded over 36,000 student visits.  To meet demand, Mayor Faulconer’s FY2017 budget includes approximately $200,000 for the addition of several hourly library after-school aides. 
 
Spur Innovation through New Youth Education Center Program
Building on the success of his Do Your Homework @ the Library program, the Mayor Faulconer is proposing about $215,000 to staff the new Legler Benbough IDEA Lab at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library. With IDEA standing for Innovation, Design, Education and Arts, the space is a fitting recognition of the Legler Benbough Foundation's 20 years of commitment and support to improve communities in the Diamond District. The IDEA Lab will include study rooms, computers, including a computer for learning elements of design and engineering, and a recording studio.