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Adult Literacy

The Adult Literacy Program provides free tutoring service to adults with low literacy skills. 

About the Program

We match trained volunteer tutors with learners who want to improve their basic reading ability and open the door to skills such as

  • Obtaining a GED/high school diploma
  • Reading to their children
  • Searching and applying for jobs
  • Using email

This program is available to residents of Richland County ages 18 and over. Interested students should contact Steve Russell, Workforce Development Coordinator, at 419.521.4721 or speak with a staff member at any MRCPL location.

Volunteer as an Adult Literacy Tutor

Our literacy volunteers should be empathetic and caring people who are excited to help others achieve their goals. You must commit to at least one ten-week session at the Library, consisting of one-hour weekly lessons, and be trained in the necessary tutoring skills and methods. You will receive three hour-long tutor sessions from our Literacy Instructor, as well as assistance throughout the session including teaching resources and lesson plans.

Volunteer qualifications:

  • Willing to undergo a background check
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Satisfactorily complete three hours of tutor training instruction

Interested? Please complete our Volunteer Application.

Adult Learning Program Mission

The mission of the Adult Learning Program is to advance basic literacy and other skills in our community to build a foundation for lifetime learning; increase employment opportunities, and lead to a better quality of life. We also aim to provide fulfilling volunteer opportunities with true scope to give to our community and its members. We believe when individuals are successful, the community as a whole is more successful.