City of Pleasanton


City of Pleasanton Public Library: Literacy

The Pleasanton Reads Project

What is The Pleasanton Reads Project?

The Pleasanton Reads Project provides instruction in basic literacy and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) through free weekly tutoring and/or ESL Conversation Practice Groups for eligible adults.

Volunteering with The Pleasanton Reads Project - ages 18+

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? New residents need help with English skills to participate fully in our society. Enjoy this meaningful and interesting volunteer job and give a priceless, life-changing gift to learners in our diverse community!

Pleasanton Library's Adult Literacy Program will train you to help adults improve their English skills. Attend a tutor training and orientation at the Pleasanton Library. No advance preparation is necessary.

We welcome all volunteers; our tutors come from all over the world. If English is not your native language we ask that you speak with no more than a light accent for ease in communicating with your student. Familiarity with American culture is equally important.

Most tutors meet with their students once a week for 90 minutes; the library supplies tutoring materials at no cost to participants.

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Required for all volunteers:

  • Aged 18 or older
  • Fluent in American English
  • Patient and able to work with people from various backgrounds
  • Familiar with American culture
  • Attend one Pleasanton Library New Volunteer Training and Orientation session
  • Complete self-paced online training: Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace, provided by the City of Pleasanton Human Resources Department
  • Complete an in-person Live Scan screening with the City's contracted service provider (Screenings are conducted at the City's expense and are required even if participants have completed similar screenings with another organization. The Department of Justice does not share information among organizations for privacy protection.)



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Literacy/ESL Volunteer 18+

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