Adult Literacy Services

This is an image of a tutor working with a student on reading skills
Last year, library literacy programs in Southern California helped thousands of adults improve reading and writing skills.  

In 2016, we received funds from the California State Library, North Orange Rotary Club, City of Orange Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Orange Public Library, and the Community Foundation of Orange, to establish an adult literacy program in the City of Orange.

Our program is available to English-speaking adults.  Those who cannot speak and understand English are referred to local programs to learn conversation first, then they may enroll in our reading and writing program.

A person seeking help with reading is given an assessment and then matched with a volunteer tutor.  Materials are provided for each tutor-student pair.  Additional books, worksheets, and computer-aided instruction are provided through the Literacy Office.

To register for the next Tutor Training Workshop or request more information about becoming a tutor, please contact the Literacy Office.

Did You Know?

  • 85% of current jobs and 90% of new jobs require some college or post-secondary education.
  • Nearly two million students drop out of high school every year.  They are 50% more likely to need welfare, 50% less likely to vote, and eight times more likely to go to prison, with three out of five inmates unable to read.
  • Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels.
  • The U.S. ranks 12th in literacy in the world.
  • In the U.S., 32 million adults are illiterate and 21% of adults read below a 5th grade level.
  • 44% of adults do not read a book in a year.
  • Six out of 10 households do not buy a single book in a year.
Sources: Alliance for Excellent Education, National Center for Educational Statistics, National Bureau of Economic Research, Literacy Project Foundation, and the U.S. Dept. of Education.