Adult Literacy Tutor

Time Commitment

1 or 2 sessions weekly, minimum 6 month commitment


Tutoring adults to help them become active learners and library users.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Chance to meet new people
  • To work in pleasant surroundings
  • To develop new skills
  • Give something back to the community
  • Share your talents
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Enhance your resume
  • Satisfaction from accomplishment

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Help learners achieve practical goals such as learning
    to read or communicate, improve their job opportunities, get a driver's license, or take a GED test
  • Spends approximately 1 to 3 hours tutoring each week and 1 hour a week preparing for each session
  • Completes 9 hours basic training class (ex. Literacy Volunteers)
  • Attends in-service workshops to learn new techniques, view new materials, and share concerns and successes
  • Coordinates meeting times and places with learner
  • Willingness to accept role as peer, not teacher

Skills/Abilities/Qualifications Required

  • Speak English well. Read and write at the 12th grade
    level and convey a positive, friendly attitude
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Is honest, reliable, punctual, patient, sensitive, understanding, and respectful of learner's situation,needs and goals
  • Is creative, flexible, enthusiastic, and has a sense of humor
  • Has good communication, listening, and organizational skills
  • Enjoys working with adults
  • Able to effectively motivate adults
  • Ability to access, input, and retrieve information
  • Ability to work congenially with staff, patrons, and other volunteers
  • General familiarity with libraries