Expand Horizons in the SFV - Help adults learn how to read!

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Los Angeles Public Library

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Computer savvy? Volunteer today!
Help change lives by volunteering to teach a class on how to use a computer, set up an email account, use an e-reader and more!

Did you know that nearly 1 million adults in Los Angeles face literacy or language barriers?

The San Fernando Valley is home to a high percentage of foreign-born residents in Los Angeles and many need to improve their English reading, writing, and communication skills. The library needs YOU to help us close this gap.

Our web-based Reading Horizons program empowers adult learners with a simple, streamlined approach for learning how to read in English including phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Volunteers will not only help adults navigate through coursework, but will provide supplemental instructional support. We will provide all of training you'll need to be effective, even if you've never been a tutor or teacher.

Join us to share your love of reading and:
-- Learn new skills!
-- Meet great people from different cultures and places.
-- Face challenges and learn how to overcome them.
-- Develop (or grow!) a passion for learning and teaching others.
-- Create real and meaningful change in your own community.
-- Gain great experience that can be applied in multiple job fields.

Volunteers are fundamental to the success of library literacy services. Without people like you we can't partner with adults to overcome literacy barriers and close skill gaps to create opportunity for individuals, their families, and the communities of Los Angeles.

Won't you join us?

No teaching background is required. All volunteer tutors receive free training and materials. We ask for 2 to 3 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months.

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About Los Angeles Public Library


630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071, US

Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities.


The Los Angeles Public Library is largest public research institution west of the Mississippi.

With more than 70 branch libraries and Central Library subject departments serving millions of Angelenos on a yearly basis, our programs are supported by thousands of volunteers in a variety of capacities. Whether providing one on one literacy tutoring, cutting out craft supplies for story time activities, helping serve summer lunch at the library, or serving as a Friend of the Library, all volunteers play a role in the work of LAPL.

If you would like to volunteer, but don't see a listing that matches your interests, please contact your local branch or the Volunteer Engagement Office. Opportunities and needs vary by location and fluctuate throughout the year.

Please note that the minimum age for volunteers is 14 (with the exception of 11-13-year-olds joining Teen Councils), minimum time commitments are required for most opportunities, adult volunteers working with children will be fingerprinted, and LAPL does not accept court-mandated community service.


We'll work with your schedule.


Los Angeles (City) Public LibraryPlatt Branch Library23600 Victory BoulevardWoodland Hills, CA 91367



  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Reading / Writing
  • Critical Thinking


  • People 55+


  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 hours plus preparation one day per week, 2 month commitment
  • Reading Horizons online training course and the Los Angeles Public Library online tutor training. Must be 18 + years. All Adult Literacy volunteers must have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate

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