Monday, August 14, 2017

Monrovia Library :: Literacy Services at the Library

Literacy Services at the Library

Reading Help for Adult Learners


We help English-speaking adults 18 years and older improve reading and writing skills so you can reach your potential as workers, parents, community members and life-long learners. Our trained volunteer tutors will meet with you one-on-one or in a small group setting. You will learn what you need at your own pace and will be able to apply new skills to your lives. We can help you with personal learning goals such as:

Passing GED or high school equivalency
Reading to your children or grandchildren
Studying for U.S. citizenship
Improving spelling, writing, grammar and pronunciation
Enhancing your job prospects
Using computers and understanding technology

For more information about our free and confidential program, call 626-256-8273

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Camarena Library :: 7 Steps to Improve Vocabulary

7 Steps to Improve Vocabulary
Literacy Place: June 2017



The Adult Literacy Program provides educational opportunities for adults who want to improve their literacy skills. Students develop their reading, writing and critical thinking skills through one-on-one tutoring sessions that will focus on individual needs. (760) 768-7480

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Los Angeles Public Library :: It's a Match - Adult Literacy

It’s a Match
READ-A Newsletter written by students and tutors: Summer 2017

My name is Carmen Munoz, I am a tutor with LAPL’s Adult Literacy Program.

I’ve been with my student Maria Murillo since February 12, 2016. Maria approached me at a Senior Center in East Los Angeles. She told me about her desire to read English before she died. With much surprise I found that Maria at 87 years old did not know how to read or write; and was never able to attend school. She lived in Mexico with her mother. She helped care for her younger siblings and was never given opportunity to attend school.

Maria is currently reading Laubach Volume 3. Maria struggled with reading but she never gave up. In the following weeks I recognized Maria was not only able to read the words but also understand and explain what she had just read. Maria told me “the books talk to me!” Puzzled by her comment, I realized that was her way of telling me she could read.

Maria’s goal is to be able to read and write with no difficulty. She also stated she would like to attend college in the near future. I believe this goal was brought by the Helen Keller story, she identified her handicap and Helen’s at about the same capacity in her eyes.

Just like Maria anyone can achieve their goals. Age or disability does not determine how far you learn, grow, and achieve any dreams or goals in one’s life.  READ MORE @

Friday, August 4, 2017

Altadena Library :: New Staff at the Bob Lucas Memorial Branch Library and Literacy Center

New Staff at the Bob Lucas Memorial Branch Library and Literacy Center
Altadena Library: August 2017

Diana Wong is the new Branch Manager & Literacy Services Librarian. She has over 9 years of experience working in academic libraries and just recently completed her MLIS from San Jose State University. Her literacy experience stems from her two-year tour with the Peace Corps, where she spent time teaching English to high school kids in a rural village in Cambodia.

Funded in part by a grant from the California State Library, the Adult Literacy Services program, "Let's Read Altadena," of the Altadena Library District has been serving the residents of Altadena since 1988. Instruction is provided by volunteer tutors who have completed as self-paced, online tutor training course. Literacy is currently housed at the Bob Lucas Memorial Branch Library and Literacy Center

One-on-one tutoring: Learners are matched with a tutor for regularly scheduled study sessions.

Classes to improve English reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Classes are held Mondays thru Thursdays mornings at the Bob Lucas Branch.

There is no fee for tutoring or for ESL classes. Speakers of other languages may receive tutoring once they have mastered basic spoken English or may join our ESL class for beginners. To be eligible for tutoring, the participant must be able to complete the intake form by him or herself in English.

Tutors work in the Adult Literacy Program empowering adult learners by teaching basic reading, writing and functional literacy skills. After completing a self-paced, online training module and being matched with a learner, tutors and learners meet 1 to 2 hours per meeting at least once a week at the library or other location based on their own schedules. The Library requires a minimum commitment of six months. To learn more about this rewarding experience, please contact the Bob Lucas Branch Library.

If you are interested in receiving tutoring or becoming a tutor, please call the Bob Lucas Branch Library at (626) 798-8338 ext. 102 or send an e-mail.