The library provides a variety of activities and courses for members of all ages in the school year months from August through May, with summer activities for children in June and July and a two-week break between December and January. During the year, activities and courses--which may include computer use instruction, language classes, drama, yoga, tae kwan do, art, story time or professional IT certification courses--are scheduled depending on interest, sponsors, space, and availability of qualified instructors and/or volunteers. If a program is not funded by a grant, the library may charge a fee to cover costs. The library endeavors to keep all fees below market rates. Library membership is required in order to participate in a JSDCL program.
Please make sure to check the Events Calendar for current and upcoming programs, activities and events. Please visit or contact the library if you have a suggestion for a particular program, mini-course or activity using the library facilities.
Children from toddlers to age 12 are in charge in this bright and comfortable corner of the library with rugs and pillows, games and toys as well as board books for the little ones and storybooks, chapter books and a reference section just for elementary ages.
Magical Monday Story Time
Day: Mondays from August through May, 10:30am to 12:00noon (seeking qualified volunteers to organize for 2017)
Parents or caregivers just show up for this regular and free play date activity for little ones, from toddlers on up to early elementary ages. Stories are accompanied by a craft or other special activity and there is plenty of time for play. While stories are most often in English, the voices in our gatherings are bilingual!
Tae Kwon Do
Day: Saturdays from August through May, 12noon-1:00pm
For kids six years and up, taught by Prof. Manuel Carrión, who holds a rank of “Second Dan” and is a Puerto Rico National Champion. Just show up on a Saturday morning to register with Prof. Carrión himself: $25 per month. Students must be or become members of the library (annual registration $1:00).
Drawing & Painting Classes
All ages are welcome for art instruction with Rebecca Castrillo. Customize a schedule and fee structure with the professor by calling 787-547-1880 or email to email@example.com or call .
Jane’s Way Lego Club
Day: Fridays 3:30pm -5:30pm
Kids ages 5 to12 create a new project each week using their imaginations or kits. Friday afternoon sessions in a semester (September-December or February-May).
JSDCL Summer Workshops
During June and half of July, the Library provides a low-cost summer activity experience for children from ages 7 to 12, providing a series of workshops that run from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Activities may include theater, tae kwon do, dance, music, computer use, lego club, plus a Department of Education lunch and two snack times. Fridays are for outdoor field trips and a Parents’ Day presentation culminating each three-week session. (in Spanish)
Help With Homework.
It’s teens who take over the computer labs on weekday afternoons for supervised help with their assignments. Students sharing an assignment are assigned a space and a laptop to use for group projects.
Note: Becoming an after-school computer lab assistant is our most popular student volunteer assignment for qualified teens seeking to fulfill their community service obligations!
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45pm – 5:45pm
Teens from ages 12 – 17 learn performing and public speaking skills with Prof. Marta Rosado and display their talents in community performances in December and May. (in Spanish/free of charge/registery required)
Days: Beginners - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Advanced - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
For teens from ages 12 to 17 with Prof. Nicole Santiago. We’ve got clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, flutes, percussion, and other instruments with individual and group instruction to mold beginners and more accomplished players into a functioning band. Students prepare a presentation for parents each semester, participate in public recitals and may contribute to the theater group performances. (in Spanish/free of charge/registry required)
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45pm to 5:50pm
Prof. Oquendo is in place assisted by by advanced math student volunteers for any student of grades 7 to 12 needing help with Math. (in Spanish/English upon request/free of charge/registry required)
Prep for Puerto Rico College Board Exams
High school seniors review Math, Spanish and English on three Saturdays during October in preparation for the local College Board (Puerto Rico) exams. A second triad of Saturdays takes place in January for juniors. Free of charge.
JSDCL attempts to arrange courses on weekday mornings for individuals or groups seeking computer training at various levels, language instruction, or other activity. Teachers or qualified volunteers are encouraged to bring us ideas for courses. We often join forces with other community organizations such as The Rotary Club of San Juan for mini-courses in a variety of areas.
Microsoft Word and Internet
Leisurely paced courses in the use of Microsoft Word or the Internet are scheduled from time to time when there are enough people to constitute a class during the academic year. Taught in Spanish or English, they are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00am to 12:00 noon for approximately 5 weeks. The cost for 30 hours of instruction is $65 for adults and $25 for seniors (60 years of age and up). Check Events Calendar for current courses or call the library to indicate your interest in the next scheduled class.
Advanced IT Training
CompTIA is the international computing technology industry’s trade association dedicated to helping individuals and professional acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and credentials for a successful IT career path.
As a certified CompTIA Academy Partner, The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library arranges internationally recognized CompTIA training courses for individuals interested in a career as a computer technician or professionals who wish to advance in their fields. The courses prepare individuals to acquire the certifications that are a prerequisite for jobs in a long list of local, national and international companies. Learn more about the CompTIA IT Certification here.
CompTIA courses at the library or at a company site depend on the availability of a certified teacher and a minimum of six students for a particular course. The library is a qualified Pearson Vue Testing Center for CompTIA certification exams. JSDCL’s prices for courses and tests are the lowest in the market. From time to time scholarships are available for qualified high school or university students. Individuals or companies wishing to train their employees should contact Ron Chevako.
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