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Give adults a voice! Become an Adult Literacy Tutor

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Library Foundation- Adult Literacy Services

  • 26 people are interested

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

Join us to share your love of reading and:

-- Learn new skills! We provide all the training, materials, and support you'll need to be effective.
-- Meet great people from different cultures and places.
-- 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.

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About Library Foundation- Adult Literacy Services


Central Library Singleton Literacy Center, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, US

Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Public Library established an adult literacy program in 1984, recognizing the vital role libraries play in developing literacy skills and promoting a lifelong love of learning. The Adult Literacy Program (ALP) trains volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring in basic English reading and writing skills to adults throughout the City of Los Angeles. At the present time sixteen Literacy Centers, with literacy resources and staff, support this program which serves about five hundred students at any one time.


Adult Literacy Program: Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with adult learners who want to improve basic literacy skills. Tutors and students meet for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, twice a week, for a minimum of six months. Tutor-student pairs may choose to meet at any branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Families for Literacy (FFL) is a literacy program for parents and caregivers who are working to improve their own English literacy skills. Participants in the library's FFL program build their reading skills through work with literacy tutors, learn how to read to their children, and receive encouragement and guidance in making reading a daily family activity. Participants receive six free children's books.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


1030 S. Alvarado St.Los Angeles, CA 90006



  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Adult Education
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • People Skills


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Ranges from 2-6 months
  • Must be minimum 18 + years. All Adult Literacy volunteers must have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

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