Adult Literacy Training at the Public Library

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Enthusiastic, patient adult volunteers are needed to tutor learners in the Santa Barbara Public Library System’s free Adult Literacy Program. Tutoring changes lives by helping local adults learn basic skills, build work readiness, study for the citizenship exam, help their children, and achieve personal and career goals. The Library System will offer nine-hour training courses for new tutors in September and October 2017. A three-session daytime workshop takes place on Wednesdays, September 6, 13, and 27, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. For those who prefer a weekend training, October’s course will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Training is free of charge and meets in the Adult Literacy Center on the main floor of the Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara. Volunteers tutor weekly, providing assistance with reading, writing, English, and more. Volunteers must be able to make a six-month commitment to tutoring after completing the training course. Preregistration is requested; call 805-564-5619 or contact Literacy@SantaBarbaraCA.gov to register.

The Library’s Adult Literacy Program has helped thousands of local adults since 1987. Volunteer tutors provided more than 7,500 hours of instruction in the past year, helping other community members read more confidently, prepare to return to school, be able to read to their children and help them with homework, and prepare for better careers.

Information about Santa Barbara Public Library System locations, hours, events, and programs is available at SBPLibrary.org. All Library programs are free and open to the public.

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