Adult Literacy FAQs
When did it start?
- In 1984 The California Literacy Campaign was born.
- In 1985 The State Legislature established support for library services under The California Library Services Act.
- In 1986 The Adult Literacy Program of The Sonoma County Library was established.
Who are our students?
- Our students are 18 and older (the exception to this is if they are over 16 and have a child)
- A student must speak enough English to speak to his/her tutor.
How does a student enroll in the program?
- A student must call the office and make an appointment to have an orientation and an assessment.
- The orientation is to give details to the student about our program and to ensure that this is the best program for the student.
- The assessment is for us to learn more about the reading level of the student. Students must enroll for a six-month period and be able to meet weekly for a minimum of 2 hours.
What do we provide?
- We match a student with a tutor who will work one-to-one with the student.
- All books and materials are free.
Where do the student and tutor meet?
- They meet in their local library.
- We want the student to be exposed to all the other wonderful programs that the library offers.
What are the Volunteer Opportunities and Training?
- All of our tutors are volunteers. To become a tutor you must attend an orientation and a training workshop.
- For more information, call our office at (707) 544-2622 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The training and books are free.
- Both student and tutor will work together for a minimum of six months for two hours per week.
What qualifications do I need to become a tutor?
- Tutors must be at least 18 years old, speak English and have a high school diploma or GED.
- Previous tutoring experience is not required. We provide training and ongoing support.
What is the philosophy of the program?
- We are learner centered. We work on the individual goals of the student.
- The goals are as diverse as the people we serve. That goal can be anything from wanting to learn how to write a check, helping a child with his/her homework, reading an email, becoming a citizen, reading a map, writing a letter to the school, to getting a better job.