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To get started, please view the New Student Meeting Video. (English/Spanish)

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Prospective Student Information

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 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

Welcome back to the library tutors and students! Interested in becoming a library tutor or student?

Literacy Services now offers services in-person and online for adult students. All branches are open and do not require an appointment. Tutoring pairs can meet anywhere in the library, including study rooms. Tutoring pairs can also meet online.

We also have online resources available below under ONLINE RESOURCES. These are all free and can be accessed from your phone, tablet, or computer.

If you are currently a literacy student or tutor, please contact your program assistant at to receive the most current weekly online Zoom training schedule.

Students Updates:

We continue to have online Zoom classes and in-person learning opportunities in branches.

If you are not currently a student, please watch the New Student Meeting Video and contact the Literacy Office at 707-784-1526 to schedule your personal interview.

Volunteer Tutor Updates:

Tutor training and Roundtables are held in-person unless specified otherwise. Workshops and additional trainings will be offered online, unless specified otherwise.

If you would like to learn more about utilizing online tools, please contact your program assistant at

Literacy staff is available for questions or support via phone or email. Please reach out if you have a question or just to say hello.

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!


Training dates and locations subject to change depending on county and library guidelines.

To speak with someone in the Literacy Office, please call 707-784-1526 or 1-800-450-7885.

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Additional Information

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.

Contact: 707-784-1526
Office Hours: M-Th  10-6 p.m., F 10-5 p.m., Weekends-Closed

Tim Madigan, Literacy Program Manager

David Lewis, Sr. Program Assistant – Fairfield and Suisun Branches

Katie Cordova, Program Assistant – Dixon and Vacaville Branches

Shauntel Jacob, Program Assistant – Rio Vista and Vallejo Branches

Teresa Lavell, Program Assistant – Reach Out and Read Program and Family Literacy

Barbara McGee, Office Assistant

Bernadette Boss, Library 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
  • 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)
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