Partners in Reading, San Jose Public Library

Literacy/Education - Become an Adult Literacy Tutor - May 2020 Training

Become a Tutor

Imagine how hard life would be if you could not use an ATM, send an email or understand the directions on a medicine bottle. Become a volunteer tutor for Partners in Reading and teach reading and writing to adults with low literacy.  The experience is rewarding and the adults are inspiring. Adult students are English-speaking and over 18. You can teach one-on-one or in small groups at any of the 25 branches of the San Jose Public Library.

May 2020 Training Schedule has been postponed due to the updated COVID-19 shelter-in-place order

Note: Actual tutoring times and locations are scheduled per your preferences.

Tutor Training consists
of all 3 sessions. This typically includes one 1.5-hour evening orientation and two 6-hour Saturday training sessions. All 3 sessions must be completed before new tutors can work with learners. Tutors must be at least 18 years old and complete fingerprinting.


The next Tutor Training scheduled for May 2020 has been postponed due to the updated COVID-19 shelter-in-place status


To see tutors and learners in action, click here. Each video is followed by a survey. Please fill it out to give us your feedback.


This online training was made possible in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.




Qualifications Required

  • Age Must be at least 18+
  • I am a High School Graduate or have a GED equivalent Must be Yes
  • I am willing to be fingerprinted Must be Yes
  • Minimum 6 month commitment Must be I am willing to commit to at least 6 months

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Wednesday Evening
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon