The Library's Adult Literacy Service offers one-on-one tutoring to adults and young adults (16+) who wish to improve their reading and writing skills. Our tutors come from all walks of life. We see retired teachers, recent college graduates, stay-at-home parents, students, full-time employees, and more. The one thing they have in common is the desire to help someone improve their reading and/or English skills.
Feeling intimidated? Don't! We frequently have potential tutors ask if we can use people who have never taught before, or people who don't speak Spanish, and the answer is always of course we can! What we need from our tutors is patience, and a willingness to learn alongside your student. In addition to that, we do ask that our tutors fulfill these more specific requirements:
- Satisfactorily complete our free 10-hour tutor training. Tutors are required to complete a core 10-hour training to become certified. This training will help you understand how best to work with your student, and will show you the resources we have available for you and your student to use. See the current workshop schedule for more details.
- Commit to tutor for a minimum of one year. We don't expect you to meet once a week without fail for 52 weeks--life happens, and everybody has things come up. However, working one-on-one takes trust and understanding, which take time to develop. For someone learning to read, having to switch tutors often can be discouraging, even overwhelming. Adult learners need a partner who is willing to stick with them.
- Devote 1 or more hours per week to tutoring. We will match you with a student who can meet at the same general time and place as you, and then allow the two of you to work out the details. Pairs usually meet at a library, but other public places are always an option. Our goal is for you and your student to be comfortable.
- Be 18 years or older and a high school graduate or GED recipient.
- Read and write at an 8th grade level.
- Pass a criminal history background check.
- Literacy / Reading
- Adult Education
- Teaching / Instruction
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
- Reading / Writing
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 10 hour training and 1 hour of volunteering a week
- All volunteers will complete a background check