San Diego Public Library: February 2021 Program Highlights to achieve Personal, Career, and Educational Goals


From Melissa Martin, Branch Manager, University Community Branch Library: When you think of the library, what comes to mind? Books and book clubs, of course, maybe craft programs and computer/printer access, just to name a few things. But did you know that the library offers many resources to help you reach your personal, educational and career goals? Check out each section below for ways to meet your goals this year.  Follow the links below to the online calendar and the SDPL Virtual Hub for more exciting programs from the library.

Personal Goals: Do your New Year’s resolutions include learning new skills, reading more and being more active? The San Diego Public Library offers a variety of fun, free programs nearly every day of the month to help you reach your personal goals! Our programs are featured on the library’s online calendar of events and can be accessed through the SDPL Virtual Hub via Facebook. All programs are free, while some classes require registration.

  • DIY Edible Birdhouses – Monday, February 10 @ 4pm — Learn how to make your own easy-to-build birdhouse from natural wood. Craft kit includes edible glue recipe & ingredients, plus a variety of bird seeds to decorate with. Register by February 3rd to have your kit sent to any of the pick-up or limited services locations.
  • OASIS San Diego: Van Gogh at Arles, presented by Julia Fister, MA. Wednesday, February 17 at 6pm. The class is free, but registration is required through the OASIS San Diego website. Learn about Van Gogh and his inspired masterpieces “The Night Café” and “Sunflowers” plus other works from his time in the South of France.
  • Gentle Yoga – 2nd & 4th Sundays at 9am – no registration required. Perfect for beginners, and no special equipment is needed. A yoga mat is recommended.
  • Dance Pants Party (weekly program) – Mondays at 10am – registration required. Geared toward the toddler through kindergarten crowd, but anybody can join and dance along to songs such as the Hokey Pokey, Baby Shark and more!
  • Art of Cartooning (weekly program) – Tuesdays at 2pm – no registration required. Geared toward tweens/teens, but open to everyone. Each session will feature a different animated, live action, or literary character.
  • Complete the Winter Reading Challenge, which runs through February 28, by reading 5 hours or 5 books. Celebrate diversity and harness the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book with this year’s theme, Books Like Us.

Career/Education Goals: Looking to restart or switch careers? Want to get your high school diploma or GED? The San Diego Public Library has many resources to help you meet your educational and career goals. Use your library card to access Career Center, Gale Resources, JobNow/VetNow, Peterson’s Test and Career Prep and other valuable tools to enhance or add new skills to your resume.

  • Live job coaching and real-time interview practice and resume help
  • Talk with live tutors to get help with math, science, writing, reading
  • Take free courses in QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel/Word/PowerPoint, project management software, Crystal Reports and more
  • Online high school diploma course and GED test preparation courses
  • Learn a new language using Rosetta Stone (Level 1).

The library is the place for opportunity, discovery and innovation – and all you need is a library card. Go to the San Diego Public Library website for more information on how to get a free library card today.

Please note: The University Community Library is open for Contactless Pickup ONLY. Pickup Service is available Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Everyday between the hour of 1 – 2 p.m. the library will be closed for cleaning. For more information, visit

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