East Siders are excited about the Hot Spot , the new community learning center, located in the Arlington Hills Branch Library at 1105 Greenbrier Street in Saint Paul. The center was named by a group of teens who are regular visitors to the library. While many libraries have homework help centers, the Hot Spot is the first one to serve all ages, and the first one to have a full time staff person, according to Sheree Savage, spokesperson for Saint Paul Public Libraries.
Services range from job application information to tutoring and homework assistance, to test preparation for the GED, ACT, and SAT exams to weekly English Conversation Circles. Renovation of the space for the Hot Spot and for staffing was made possible in part by financial contribution from community partners. The Hot Spot is open during regular library hours – go to [www.stpaul.lib.mn.us] then click on Locations and Hours at the top of the page.
Xong Vang is project manager for the Hot Spot. She said, “We’re trying to build a community within the library and by having this center it is serving that purpose.”
Mary Thoemke, a lifelong resident of Saint Paul, is a free lance writer for the Twin Cities Daily Planet.