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Pay It Forward: Tutor an Adult in Basic Literacy Online

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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, of 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 when the libraries reopen for in-person meetings. Until then, tutoring will take place using various forms of technology. Small group tutoring is also encouraged. All volunteers must complete fingerprinting. Please call (408) 808-2361 if you have any questions.

The training process includes attending an online orientation, completing online training within two weeks of the orientation, and attending 2 in-person training sessions via Zoom.

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

Please visit to learn more and to register.

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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.

Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy


Wed Sep 22, 2021
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM


Multiple locations 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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