Adult Literacy

Did you know that one in five adults struggles with reading?

This program matches adults who struggle with reading and writing with trained volunteers who meet with their students in the Library's literacy lab once or twice a week.


To become a tutor:

  • Stop by the Literacy Services Office at the Library and submit an Adult Literacy Services Tutor Data Sheet.
  • Complete an online training course and schedule an appointment to meet with a Literacy staff member for one-on-one training.  
  • Commit to stay in the program for six months.

To become a student:

  • Stop by the Literacy Services Office at the Library and submit a New Student Information Form. 
  • Literacy staff will contact you to schedule short assessment.
  • Once assessment has been evaluated you will be placed in one of the three groups: one-on-one tutoring with a volunteer tutor; independent lab work with assistance; or, a small-group writing class.
  • You will meet once or twice a week.
  • All classes are free of charge.

            - you must be 16 years or older

            - you must speak and understand English

            - your primary need must be to improve your reading and writing

Book Discussion Group

All tutors and adult students are invited to participate in the monthly book discussion group. We read many types of books: fiction and non-fiction, bestsellers and more obscure titles. The group meets for a potluck dinner in the library and then discusses the book over dessert. Members involved in the literacy program receive books free of charge; family and friends pay a small fee. Call the literacy office to sign up or get more information. (562) 868-7738

Career Online High School

Earn an accredited high school diploma while gaining real-world career training through a flexible, supportive, online education program.