It's Never Too Late to Learn!

In the U.S., 22 percent of adults function at the lowest levels of literacy. In Palm Beach County, that’s over 70,000 adults! Simple tasks present huge barriers:

  • Completing a job application.
  • Reading a medicine label.
  • Registering to vote.
  • Opening a bank account.
  • Helping a child with homework.

A highly rewarding experience awaits you!

  • Volunteer a few hours each week and make a difference.
  • Teach an adult to read, write or speak English.
  • Materials and training are offered free-of-charge.
Adult Literacy Project Monthly Tutor Timecard

Literacy Resources

English Exchange

Meet new friends and practice English! Free informal conversational sessions. Participants should have a basic understanding of English. Seating is limited.

Download the English Exchange Flier (PDF)

Newsletters

Between Us Newsletter (PDF) : Student newsletter written for and by students includes announcements, accomplishments, and Literacy*AmeriCorps member information.

Tutor Talk Newsletter (PDF) : Includes upcoming events, student/tutor interviews, tutor tips, and helpful websites.

Tutor Workshops

We are recruiting volunteers who can tutor at the Acreage Branch, Belle Glade Branch, Greenacres Branch, Loula V. York Branch (Pahokee), Main Library (Summit Boulevard) and the Okeechobee Boulevard Branch. Registration is required to participate. Tutors must attend all sessions to volunteer with our program.

Workshops are based on student demand. Please call the Volunteer Desk at 561-894-7510 for more information.

Library Literacy Friends, Inc.

Library Literacy Friends, Inc. is an organization comprised of volunteers, students, and other concerned community members who recognize the basic literacy needs of adults in our community. We are committed to support, promote, and expand the presence and effectiveness of the Palm Beach County Library’s Adult Literacy Project in providing one-on-one tutoring for adult basic literacy learners.

Our members devote their time and talent to achieve the following:
  • Create public interest in the cause of adult literacy.
  • Increase awareness of the Adult Literacy Project.
  • Encourage community participation in the program.
  • Support volunteer tutor training and staff development.
  • Provide educational materials.
  • Sponsor tutor and student workshops and cultural events.

It is the mission of Library Literacy Friends, Inc. to support and fund the program in all aspects to ensure the continued success of the Palm Beach County Library’s Adult Literacy Project.

Frequently Asked Questions

Adults who need help learning to read, write or speak English.
No, free lessons with volunteer tutors and study materials are provided.
Students are referred to local Adult Education Sites or Palm Beach State College’s Language Connections Institute to improve pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills. Individuals are also encouraged to take advantage of the Library’s free online databases: Basic ESL, Transparent Language Online and Learning Express to meet individual goals.
Call the Adult Literacy Project for a brief interview and schedule an appointment for evaluation.
Call the Adult Literacy Project at 561-894-7510 or 561-996-3453 (Belle Glade) to learn more.
No prior experience is necessary.
Volunteers participate in a three-hour orientation prior to attending a pre-service tutor training workshop. We ask for a twelve-month commitment working one-on-one with a student. Tutors are encouraged to participate in ongoing training opportunities.
Tutors meet weekly in most Palm Beach County Library locations and cooperative libraries.
Laubach Way to Reading Series, Voyager: Reading and Writing for Today's Adults, Challenger Adult Reading Series and English-No Problem! are the core instructional materials used. Laubach provides a systematic development of basic reading skills for students who have little or no literacy skills. The intermediate-level Voyager series continues the process teaching essential learning strategies. The higher-level Challenger series is designed to develop reading, writing, and reasoning skills while expanding the student’s knowledge base. Students learning to speak English use English-No Problem! as a beginning guide to communicate in everyday life.