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 in Solano County.
- 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
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
The Library is currently providing limited access due to precautions related to Covid-19. In person tutor training will be scheduled when the Library returns to full service. To speak with someone in the Literacy Office, please call 707-784-1526 or 1-800-450-7885.
You may also complete the Tutor Registration Form and we will notify you when tutor training begins.
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, Dixon Branches
Katie Cordova, Program Assistant – Vacaville Branches
Anika Johnson, Program Assistant – Vallejo Branches
Teresa Lavell, Program Assistant – Reach Out and Read Program and Family Literacy
Barbara McGee, Office Assistant Bernadette Boss, Departmental Aide
- Reading Activities https://www.gcflearnfree.org/readingactivities/
- Practice Stories https://resources.marshalladulteducation.org/readings_skills_home.htm
- News Articles http://www.thetimesinplainenglish.com/
- News For You Online https://www.newreaderspress.com/news-for-you-online The sign in box is just the words “sign in”. Type in the password: 9F8BAB. It is case sensitive so you will want to type it exactly like it shows here.
Reading and Writing Practice
- USA Learns http://www.usalearns.org/
- Mango Languages https://connect.mangolanguages.com/solano-county/start Follow directions.
- Vocabulary http://www.languageguide.org/english/
- English Learning Videos- YouTube Channel Listing https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=EgIQAlAU&q=english+practice+speaking+listening
- Learning Upgrade App: Contact Literacy Staff for class code.
GED and High School Diploma
- Free GED Practice Tests-https://ged.com/study/free_online_ged_test/
- Career Online High School-https://solanolibrary.com/services/cohs/
- Workforce Atlas- https://www.workforceatlas.org/
Additional Online Resources
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
- Community Medical Centers, Inc. Dixon
- 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 Family Literacy 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.
Family Literacy 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.