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Support Your Community, Become an Adult Literacy Tutor

Enthusiastic, patient and committed adult volunteers are needed to tutor learners in the Santa Barbara Public Library System’s free Adult Literacy Program. Tutors help local adults learn basic through advanced literacy skills, build work readiness, study for the citizenship exam, and achieve personal and career goals.

The Santa Barbara Public Library System is offering a free 8-hour Adult Literacy Tutor Training workshop that provides volunteers with an orientation to the program and prepares them to teach basic reading, writing, and conversation skills to native English speakers and English language learners. The Library System will offer the eight-hour training course for new tutors on November 27 and 29 from 11am to 4pm (with a one-hour lunch break). Both sessions are required. The training will take place in the Adult Literacy Center on the main floor of the Central Library at 40 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara.

The Library’s Adult Literacy Program has helped thousands of local adults since 1987. During this past year alone, volunteers provided over 7,000 hours of instruction, helping other community members read more confidently, prepare to return to school, read to their children and help them with homework, and prepare for better careers. Through literacy, tutors help learners participate fully in our community.

Trained tutors work once or twice a week with another adult, providing assistance with reading, writing, and more. Volunteers must be able to make a six-month tutoring commitment after completing the training course. Pre-registration is requested; please call (805) 564-5619 or contact to register.

To stay informed of happenings at the Libraries, individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Contact: Devon Cahill, Adult Education Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5635


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