BPL Literacy Volunteers are a crucial part of providing adult literacy services to our patrons. We look for tutors who are passionate about sharing their skills and knowledge with adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills, and learn how to use library resources and technology to their advantage.

  • A strong commitment to helping people learn to read and write
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills: ability to speak, read and write English fluently
  • Ability to use computer technology a plus
  • Experience is not required—we train all our volunteers
  • Facilitation: Lead a small group of adults learning to read and write at one of the five Learning Centers for Adults. This includes general administrative duties, such as recording attendance.
  • Planning: Collaborative goal setting & planning with adult learners reading below the fifth grade level, utilizing the instructional methods and materials, provided by the Literacy Program that are appropriate for adults and necessary for twenty-first century learning: books, periodicals, technology, special programs, etc.
  • Engagement: Lead adult learners in learning activities - reading, writing, and critical thinking - related to their learning and life goals.
What we’ll need from you
  • Introduction: Interested applicants must attend a Literacy Volunteer Information Session, held at one of the five BPL Learning Centers.
  • Apply: Complete a Literacy Volunteer Tutor Application, at Literacy Volunteer Information Sessions only.
  • Commit: Prepare to make a commitment of 2 two-hour sessions per week, or 1 three-hour session per week for a period of at least one year. 
  • Train: Training is required for all Literacy Volunteer Tutors at the BPL Learning Centers
    •    Attend a 20-hour Literacy Volunteer Tutor Training to gain an understanding of our Literacy Program philosophy and adult learning principles, as well as fundamentals of reading and writing instruction.
    •    Engage in an orientation session at of the BPL Learning Centers—it will help you get situated and learn about the community you will be working with. Periodic follow-up training is also offered.
    •    Participate in periodic follow-up training sessions and ongoing reviews with Literacy Program staff to adjust instructional practices as needed.
Upcoming Literacy Volunteer Information Sessions

Attend one of the information sessions currently listed on our online calendar.


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