Become a Literacy Tutor

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Position Overview and Impact

The latest statistics state that one in five adults in the United States cannot read and write well enough to manage day to day reading and writing tasks such as filling out a permission slip from their child’s school, or read the directions on a medicine bottle. Help break the cycle of illiteracy by becoming a volunteer tutor in the Adult Literacy Program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Be 18 years or older and complete the tutor training
  • Meet weekly with your student at the library
  • Introduce library resources to your student
  • Sign in and keep track of tutoring hours


  • Patience and the desire to help others learn the joy and value of improved reading
  • Commit to regular meeting times and keeping in contact with the student via phone, text, e-mail or note card
  • Willingness to work with students from various backgrounds


  • No money, just your time and growing passion to help others succeed

Training and Support Provided

Prior to tutoring, volunteers will complete a 12-hour tutor training workshop offered throughout the year. All tutors are expected to obtain a library card and to encourage their students to get one also. An orientation to the library will be given by a staff person, covering the various resources in the library. Tutors will be notified of any in-service workshops that would supplement their tutoring skills. 

Benefits of Being a Literacy Volunteer

  • Share your love of reading
  • Break the cycle of illiteracy
  • Meet interesting people
  • Learn about the many services in the public library

Time Commitment

The Reading Lab on the second floor, is open for tutoring the same hours as the library. Tutoring days and times are mutually agreed upon by the tutor and the student, but a minimum of 2 hours a week are encouraged. Tutoring can be worked around vacations and extended leaves. 

Length of Commitment

Six months is requested, but tutors may volunteer as long as they would like provided they remain a volunteer in good standing.


All Literacy volunteers are required to be drug screened and fingerprinted before they can tutor at the Orange Public Library. This process is paid for by the City of Orange. City policy prohibits the library from accepting court-referred volunteers.

Next Step

Call or email the Literacy Office to request a registration for the upcoming tutor training class.