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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.

For example:

  • 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
Getting Started

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 Literacy

Hear from students and tutors involved with the Adult Literacy Program. (Thank you to KUIC for producing these stories).

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.”

-Ron

Ron's Story

Van's Story

Ana's Story

Jack's Story

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

Tutor Qualifications:

  • 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:

  • 707-784-1526
  • 1-800-450-7885
You must attend Part 1 Orientation, Part 2 Getting Ready, and Part 3 Follow-Up of the training series to become a literacy tutor. After completion, you may tutor at your local branch.

Advanced registration is required.

Additional Information

Contact: 707-784-1526
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.

Qualifications:

  • At least one adult in the family is receiving literacy instruction.
  • At least one child in the family is under 5 years of age.
  • America Learns Monthly Tutor & Volunteer Reports
  • Reports due by the 1st of every month.
  • Wear your name badge for study room access.  Lost it?  Let us know, 707-784-1526
  • Please contact your branch to release your  reserved study room if your session is cancelled
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