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Adult Literacy

Tutoring for Adults

Become a better reader! If you or someone you know would like to learn to read, write, or spell better, call the Santa Barbara Public Library Adult Literacy Program at (805) 564-5619. A trained tutor will provide confidential one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing and spelling skills.

Adults are eligible for literacy tutoring if they:

  • Are 16 or older;
  • Are able to hold a conversation, such as an intake interview, in English;
  • Are not enrolled in a degree program; and
  • Are able to work with a tutor 2 or 3 hours per week.

Participating in the Adult Literacy program, you will:

  • Get free and confidential tutoring in reading, writing and spelling;
  • Work one-on-one with a tutor; and
  • Meet at a time and place convenient for both of you.

If you think you might be interested in being tutored or know someone who might benefit from this service, please call Adult Literacy Coordinator Beverly Schwartzberg at (805) 564-5619 and leave a message with your name, address, and telephone number and an indication of the most convenient time to call you.

Become an Adult Literacy Volunteer!

Make a difference in someone’s life by joining the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program. The program trains volunteer tutors to help adult learners improve reading, writing and spelling skills. There are a few requirements. You must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Read and speak English proficiently;
  • Complete a 9-hour workshop; and
  • Have 2 to 4 hours per week to devote to the program.

Tutors and learners meet once or twice a week at a place and time convenient for both. The tutoring may take place in any public location such as a library branch, coffee shop, a senior center, community center, etc.

Upcoming Tutor Trainings:

Sunday, December 4 from 1-5 p.m. and Monday, December 5 from 5-9 p.m. (both sessions required)
Goleta Library (flyer)

Literacy Events

  • ESL Conversation Club, Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Adult Literacy Center, Central Library. Drop in! For more information, call (805) 564-5619 or (805) 364-1066 (Spanish).
  • Citizenship Study Group in Spanish, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m., Adult Literacy Center, Central Library.
    Drop in! For more information, call (805) 364-1066. 
  • Educación Cívica del Examen de Naturalización: Grupo en español los jueves 4:00 a 5:00 p.m., Biblioteca

Adult Literacy Center, Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.
For information and registration: 805-564-5619 or literacy@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

Tutor News

Materials from the May 18, 2015 Vocabulary Workshop with Dr. Ann Lippincott
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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016