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Burbank Public Library

  • 147 people are interested
Judith and Adwa

Adults are eager to learn! YOU can make a difference! No experience is required. Attend our free training.

One-to-one tutoring for adults, 18 or older, who speak and understand English and read below an 8th grade level. You meet twice-a-week, 1.5 hours per session for a minimum commitment of 6 - 9 months.

The library is currently closed. When we are able to return to the library, Tutors and Learners meet twice a week at mutually convenient times any time the Central branch is open, including evenings and Saturdays: we will match you with someone who can come at the same times you can. All in person tutoring takes place at the Central Library at 110 N. Glenoaks in Burbank; however, with COVID, we have adapted to online tutoring with tutors and learners connecting through our BPL Literacy Zoom account. Meetings are still twice a week and are mutually arranged with your Learner.

Tutors must attend a three-session training workshop: a two-hour overview, to see if the program is a good match for you, followed by a three hour training class of phonics and phonemic awareness and lastly a session to learn our curriculum and become familiar with tutoring methods and materials. The next workshop will be presented on ZOOM and the dates are currently being determined in May/June 2021:

Date TBD 2021 - Live ZOOM - Program Overview: Is this for you?

Date TBD 2021 - Live ZOOM- Marianne Steverson -Phonics and Phonemic Awareness

Date TBD 2021 - Live ZOOM- Learn to use our workbook curriculum. Learn about our other teaching materials, different learning styles, lesson plans, and other suggestions for successful tutoring.

Please sign up through the following link (found on the Burbank Public Library website in Events- Calendar) or call 818-238-5577 or email AdultLiteracy@burbankca.gov or simply express interest here on VolunteerMatch if you would like to attend so that we can reserve a place for you.


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About Burbank Public Library


110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91502, US

Mission Statement

The Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and the joys of reading for our diverse community.


Public libraries in California seek to engage the talents, skills and commitment of volunteers to serve the communities' information and literacy needs. Libraries offer a variety of skilled volunteer opportunities to make a meaningful contribution to library programs, operations, fundraising events and other community engagement functions. Skilled volunteers have opportunities to lead projects, work with teams of staff and volunteers, learn new skills, and have fun.

Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


110 N. Glenoaks BlvdBurbank, CA 91502



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours a week for 6 to 9 months minimum after training
  • Tutors will need to pass a fingerprint background check. Experience with Zoom is helpful.

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