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January - March 2014     VOLUME 18 ISSUE 1
 
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Literacy Tutors Needed

Sandra Lara

During the last fiscal year, the Lake County Literacy program has provided more than 6,300 hours of tutoring to adults. The recent economic downturn prompted many job seekers to visit their local libraries and join the literacy program to improve their 21st century literacy skills. The Lake County Adult Literacy Program would like to assist every individual seeking help, but this is only possible with volunteer tutors.

The Lake County Adult Literacy Program is looking for volunteer tutors throughout the county to work with adults in one-to-one and small group sessions. As a volunteer tutor, you make a deep and lasting difference in the lives of adults with limited literacy skills and their families. The Lake County Adult Literacy Program is a volunteer-based program which offers one-to-one and small group tutoring to include Conversation Clubs, Citizenship classes, and Pre-GED Language Arts and Math classes.

Most of the adult learners in the library’s literacy program are Adult Basic learners (55%) as compared to English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL (45%). ESOL learners are not native English speakers and are usually seeking English language assistance in addition to reading and vocabulary guidance. Volunteer Tutors meet regularly with adult learners to help learners meet their personal goals. Learner goals may include reading to children, writing a resume, passing the GED, or obtaining citizenship. The adult learner and the tutor work together to identify learning goals and to set a schedule for meeting them. Tutor/Learner pairs meet regularly at their local library to take advantage of library space, computers, materials and resources. Volunteer tutors are also provided access to student workbooks, adult literacy materials and other library resources.

New tutors are required to take part in a mandatory training program that will provide the basics of tutoring strategies, goal setting and topic progression. The new tutor training will take place on February 28th. To register for the new tutor training or more information contact Sandra Lara, Literacy Coordinator or Barbara Perry, Learning Experience Coordinator at (352) 253-6164. You may also visit maylakelibrary.org and follow the links to the Adult Literacy Program. Turn your passion for learning into a positive step—and help someone who wants to learn something new!