Do you need help with your reading, writing or English speaking skills? Adults come to the library’s literacy program with a variety of goals.
- Read to their children
- Help their children with homework
- Get a job
Adults can improve their literacy skills when they are given encouragement, guidance and appropriate materials. Trained volunteers help with free tutoring.
Adult Learner Qualifications:
- Must be at least 16 years old and not attending high school
- Live within the jurisdiction of Solano County Library
- Read at or below the 8th grade level
- Able to meet twice a week for 1 ½ hours each time
- Commit to at least 6 months of tutoring
To get started, please attend one of the following New Student Meetings
- Bring a translator if needed.
- No children allowed at meetings.
Fairfield Civic Center Library: Updated schedule for new student meetings will be posted when the Library reopens.
Vacaville Public Library – Cultural Center: Updated schedule for new student meetings will be posted when the Library reopens.
John F. Kennedy Library – Vallejo: Updated schedule for new student meetings will be posted when the Library reopens.
Listen to Ron's Story
“I hated school. It’s embarrassing when your peer would correct your spelling paper and you had practically nothing…The literacy program has really helped me by encouraging me. I never got that when I was a kid.”
Change a Life Through Reading
Help an adult improve reading, writing and English speaking skills.
- No experience necessary
- Flexible hours
- We prepare you and supply all materials
- At least 18 years old
- Average reading and writing skills
- Willingness to make a 6 month commitment
- Interest in helping another adult. No teaching experience needed!
Tutor Training Schedule
April 2020 Tutor Training is cancelled.
The library is currently closed due to precautions related to the Covid-19 virus.
The next tutor training will be in September. The dates for the September training have not yet been determined. We will notify you of the training dates as soon as possible.
To register or for more information call:
Office Hours: M-Th 10-6 p.m., F 10-5 p.m., Weekends-Closed
Cherelyn Ellington Hunt, Literacy Services Manager
David Lewis, Sr. Program Assistant – Fairfield/Suisun, Rio Vista Branches
Katie Cordova, Program Assistant – Vacaville Branches
Anika Johnson, Program Assistant – Vallejo Branches
Teresa Lavell, Program Assistant – Reach Out and Read Program
Barbara McGee, Office Assistant Bernadette Boss, Departmental Aide
Reach Out and Read recognizes pediatric checkups as a opportunity to encourage parents to read aloud to their children. Doctors and nurses talk to parents of infants and toddlers about the importance of reading aloud to their children. Medical providers also give free children’s books to families at each well-baby visit.
Learn more about the Reach Out and Read Program
Following is a list of the Reach Out and Read clinics.
- Center for Primary Care (Green Valley)
- Center for Primary Care (Fairfield)
- Center for Primary Care (Vacaville)
- Community Medical Centers, Inc. Vacaville
- Health and Social Services Family Health Clinic (Fairfield)
- Health and Social Services Family Health Clinic (Vallejo)
- Health and Social Services Family Health Clinic (Vacaville)
- Kaiser Permanente Medical Clinic, Pediatrics, Fairfield
- Kaiser Permanente Medical Clinic, Vacaville
- Kaiser Permanente Medical Clinic, Family Medicine (Vacaville)
- La Clinica (Vallejo)
- La Clinica North (Vallejo)
The Families for Literacy (FFL) program is for learners who have a preschool aged child. This program is built upon the premise that the parent is a child’s first and foremost teacher.
FFL seeks to break the cycle of illiteracy by enabling adults to support and enhance the emerging literacy needs of their children. Families receive free children’s books along with instruction on how to read to children.
- At least one adult in the family is receiving literacy instruction.
- At least one child in the family is under 5 years of age.