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Adult and Family Literacy Services

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Read Santa Clara, the adult and family literacy program of the Santa Clara City Library, provides free literacy instruction for English-speaking adults who want to improve their basic reading, writing, and/or math skills.

Since 1995, Read Santa Clara has trained volunteer tutors to work in partnership with adult learners to help them achieve their literacy goals as family members, workers, community members and lifelong learners. Through tutoring, learners are able to fill out forms, read to children, write letters, register to vote, understand health information, read for pleasure, and more. 

 Click here to watch inspiring learner and tutor stories.

Ruth Colvin is the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America (now called ProLiteracy.) She has devoted over five decades to teaching adults to read all over the world. At the age of 100, she continues to inspire and advocate for adult literacy. We invite you to hear Ruth Colvin speak at the Santa Clara Senior Center on Saturday, March 18, 10 - 11:30 a.m. The event will also feature a panel of adult learners. 

Join us in celebrating the Gift of Literacy!

Our Learners
“I am a 52-year-old man. All my life, I have had reading and writing difficulties. Three years ago, I came to Read Santa Clara. Today, I’m reading the best I’ve ever read in my life. My reading is helping me on my job, in my relationships with my family, and with my self-esteem.” – Ron, Read Santa Clara learner

To become a learner (student) with Read Santa Clara, you must:               Tutor-Learner Pair, ReJoyce and Marilyn
- be 16 years or older and not attending high school
- be comfortable speaking English
- read or write at or below an eighth grade level

Our services are free, focused on your goals and confidential.

If you (or someone you know) would like to learn how to become a learner, call (408) 615-2956 or email readsantaclara@santaclaraca.gov. Click here for the schedule of learner orientations.

Our Volunteer Tutors
“What does it take to tutor? A sense of humor, commitment, flexibility, and patience definitely help. You won’t always know all the answers, but don’t let that stop you. It is an ongoing learning experience for both tutor and learner.” – Anne, Read Santa Clara tutor

To become a tutor with Read Santa Clara, you must:
- be 18 years or older
- be proficient at reading, writing, and speaking in English
- commit to tutor at least for two hours per week for a minimum of 6 months
- be able to tutor in Santa Clara

Volunteers receive 12.5 hours of tutor training after attending an orientation. Click here  for the schedule of orientations and tutor training.

Families for Literacy
“I really recommend this program to every family that wants to increase reading and learning together.” – Martha, FFL parent

Those learners in the adult literacy program who have a child (or a grandchild) below the age of five can join the Families for Literacy Program (FFL). Learners and their families participate in monthly family nights which include dinner, story times, songs, crafts and gift books for the families to take home.

To find out more, please call (408) 615-2956.

Family Literacy Outreach

Read Santa Clara also provides family literacy services at community sites, including transitional housing shelters, for teen parents, families participating in Migrant Education and at an elementary school in Santa Clara. This outreach is made possible by grants and donations from the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.

 

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