Pay It Forward: Tutor an Adult in Basic Literacy

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San Jose Public Library

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Tutoring at the library

Imagine that you could not read a bus schedule or interpret the directions on a medicine bottle. Please consider becoming a volunteer tutor for the adult literacy program, Partners in Reading, at the San Jose Public Library.

The experience is rewarding and exciting. You will be tutoring an English-speaking adult who is 18 or older. One-on-one tutoring will take place within branches of the San Jose Public Library and other public sites in San Jose. Small group tutoring is also encouraged. The next Tutor Orientation will be on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Tutor Training will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020, and Saturday, March 23, 2020, from 9 to 4 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library. All sessions are required and participants must register in advance. All volunteers must complete fingerprinting. Please call (408) 808-2361 for location information or if you have any questions.

Time commitment is 3 hours per week for 6 months or more. To see some tutors and learners in action, visit

Please visit to learn more and to register. Pre-registration is required.

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About San Jose Public Library


150 E San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112, US

Mission Statement

San Jose Public Library enriches lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information. San Jose Public Library is a winner of the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. Recipients are selected because of their innovative approaches to public service and the contribution they make to the educational, civic, cultural and economic development goals of their communities.


The Library Volunteer Program is committed to encouraging community participation and the comprehensive coordination of volunteers to enhance Library services.


Wed May 13, 2020
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM  


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.150 E. San Fernando St.San Jose, CA 95112



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • English
  • Reading / Writing
  • Tutoring
  • Adult Education


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 14 hours training, two 90-minute sessions per week after training
  • lesson planning, record keeping, flexibility, reliability, and good sense of humor a plus

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