Santa Clara City Library
1098 Lexington Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone (408) 615-2964
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Do you know someone who struggles with reading and writing? Chances are that you do, even if you don’t realize it. InSanta ClaraCounty, 16% of adults lack basic literacy skills.
One-on-one and small group tutoring for adults
Each year, Read Santa Clara offers free literacy instruction in reading, writing and math to over 100 English speaking adults so they can reach their potential as workers, parents, community members, and lifelong learners. Individuals can focus on what they need to learn, work at their own pace and directly apply their new skills to their lives. The use of trained volunteers enables the literacy program to offer adult learners instruction in a confidential one-on-one or small group setting.
Ron, an adult learner says, “My reading is helping me on my job, in my relationships with my family, and with my self-esteem. I owe this to the one-on-one tutoring that I get from the library.”
Volunteer tutors undergo an orientation and 12.5 hours of tutor training before being matched with one or more adult learners. Tutors and learners meet for two hours a week at the Santa Clara City Library or other agreed upon location.
Marilyn, a volunteer tutor says, “What makes tutoring rewarding for me? It is the eagerness and happiness on my learner’s face when he makes progress. It is the hope that this effort that my learner and I are both making will have a positive impact on his life, long after we cease meeting each week.”
A special collection of books, audio/computer books, DVDs, newspapers and other materials of interest to adult learners and tutors is available at the Central Park Library and Mission Library. Learners and tutors can also use the program’s laptops to practice basic computer skills and access literacy software.
Teach an adult to read. You’ll be amazed at what you learn!If you would like to get involved, drop us a line below.