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CLLS Tutors: Getting Started

Share the rewards of reading!... Volunteer to tutor English-speaking adults who would like to improve their basic reading and writing skills. No experience is necessary, just a love of reading and a willingness to make a difference in the life of another adult. Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3:

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Once you connect with a library literacy program, you will be invited to a free tutor training. At the training you will gain new skills but will also learn to capitalize on the skills you already possess. You will get an overview of the program and will find out what you can expect and what’s expected of you. If for any reason the program does not suit you, you are under no obligation to become a tutor after taking the training.


Following the training you will be matched with an adult who wishes to improve his/her basic reading and writing skills. Together you and your learner can schedule a time and a day that is convenient for both of you. Typically tutors and learners meet once or twice a week for about an hour in a library setting

  • The training you receive will acquaint you with the methods, materials and strategies you need to work successfully with an adult learner.
  • Library literacy staff are there to support you with any of your literacy needs: books, materials, support, and guidance.
  • You and the adult learner are a team. You can expect mutual respect and a positive experience.
  • Because the tutoring is so individualized, you can work at your own pace and on the materials that most interest your learner.
  • If for any reason you do not feel comfortable with your adult learner, just call your library literacy office and they will work with you to re-match you with someone else.

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