Volunteer to Teach Someone to Read

Thank you for your interest in becoming a tutor for the Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service.  The Library's Adult Literacy Service offers one-on-one tutoring to adults and young adults (16+) who wish to improve their reading and writing skills.  Our tutors are people from the community.  Our tutors are people who find that a couple hours a week spent helping someone learn to read -- helping someone better his or her life -- is time well spent.  Our tutors are people like you.

Of course, it's not easy.  Tutoring takes time, patience, planning, patience, flexibility, caring, and patience.  Did we mention patience?  In addition to possessing these qualities, our tutors must fulfill these more specific requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete our free 9-hour tutor training.  Tutors are required to complete a core 6-hour training and a 3-hour follow up course to become certified.  See the current workshop schedule for more details.
  • Commit to tutor for a minimum of one year.  Yes, you may have to miss a week here and there for graduations, illness, vacations, etc.  However, working one-on-one takes trust and understanding, which take time to develop.  For someone learning to read, having to switch tutors often can be discouraging, even overwhelming.  Adult learners need a partner who is willing to stick with them.
  • Devote 1 or more hours per week to tutoring.  Meeting times and places may be arranged for the convenience of you and your student.  Pairs usually meet at a library or other public facility.
  • Be 18 years or older and a high school graduate or GED recipient.
  • Read and write at an 8th grade level.
  • Pass a criminal history background check.

You can sign up now for our next tutor training by registering online. For more information call the literacy office at 918.549.7400.

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