by AMY LEHRER | photo by Lauren Nygard Photography

Supporting Literacy

Thirteen years ago Margaret Rubinstein moved with her husband and two children to the Aviara community in south Carlsbad for the good schools and fantastic community. An empty-nester now that her daughter attends the University of Chicago and her son attends the University of Santa Barbara, Margaret has more time to volunteer. She exclaimed, “Finding out about the Library Learning Center from the San Diego Union-Tribune was my lucky day!” Her background is in teaching, having taught first through third grade in Houston, TX and adult learners English as a second language in a program called Padres e Progresso – she was a perfect volunteer for the Carlsbad City Library Learning Center.

volunteer02“The Carlsbad City Library Learning Center is a warm, comfortable community gathering place where lifelong learning is supported for all ages,” explained Margaret. The center’s friendly English/Spanish speaking staff helps people gather information, improve their literacy, and meet their learning needs. Margaret has always liked working with children to expand their horizons because it makes her feel hopeful, and she also feels fulfilled when she helps adult learners reach goals like being able to write an email to school staff, fill out a job application, or pass the GED. Learners who attend the center have access to Spanish, English, and bilingual books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs in addition to literacy tutoring for adults, homework assistance for students, public computer access, computer classes, and study rooms.

The Carlsbad Library Learning Center always needs more volunteers. Anyone interested in helping should call or email the center. Volunteers will meet with staff for an introductory overview of what the center offers, complete an easy in-service, and receive materials necessary for helping learners meet their literacy needs.

Margaret and her husband, a wealth advisor at ICM Private Client Group, Inc., enjoy dining at new restaurants downtown. Two of their favorites are Land and Sea and Blue Ocean. Margaret also enjoys running, taking exercise classes at her gym, walking her dog, walking on the sidewalks at the beach, eating Target popcorn and, of course, reading at the Dove Library.

Group: Carlsbad City Library Learning Center
Purpose: To promote literacy
Phone: 760-729-8335

Name: Margaret Wendel Rubinstein
Community: Aviara, Carlsbad
Volunteer Affiliation: Carlsbad City Library Learning Center
Profession: Support Staff, La Costa Canyon
Family: Husband – Steve; Children – Sara and David
Hobbies: Running, attending gym classes, walking the dog, and reading