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Read, learn, connect

The Library’s Literacy Program focuses on adult struggling readers in communities across Alachua County.

For Learners

How to get started: Call our Literacy Coordinator Theresa Sterling at (352) 334-3929 or send an e-mail to You can also visit the Literacy Office at Library Headquarters which is located at 401 E. University Ave. in Gainesville.

How it works:

  • This program is completely confidential
  • All materials are free
  • You set the goals and a volunteer tutor works with you to reach them
  • Tutoring is free
  • Tutoring sessions are held at the Library branch most convenient for you
  • You and your tutor will set the day and time for your meetings
  • You generally meet with your tutor at least once each week

How Do I Sign-up?

Fill out this form and submit it to the Literacy Office, or call the Literacy Coordinator and she will take your information over the phone.

For Tutors

The Literacy Program Needs Volunteer Tutors!

If you can read, and if you are committed to building a community of strong readers, then you can be a literacy tutor by filling out our ACLD Volunteer Form.

One man tutoring another in a library
Image by San José Library.

The Library’s Literacy Tutoring Program matches volunteers with adult learners who want to work on reading skills. Learning pairs meet at least weekly for 60 to 90 minutes in the Library branch most convenient for both. They have access to all literacy materials and library resources and the committed support of the Literacy Coordinator.

Our free mandatory training includes a one-hour program orientation that prepares potential tutors to work with adult struggling readers. This overview gives volunteers the opportunity to determine if tutoring adults is how they would like to serve. The training that follows on another day (or broken into two evening sessions) consists of a four-hour workshop introducing participants to core materials and methods for building basic literacy skills including recognition, decoding, comprehension, vocabulary expansion, and writing. Frequent refresher courses, special topics workshops and networking opportunities are offered throughout the year.

Existing tutors can use our Volunteer Tutor Report to let us know about time spent tutoring and any related feedback.

For more details see the Literacy Tutor Job Description or call Theresa Sterling at (352) 334-3929.

Key Contacts

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Florida Literacy State Hotline: 1-800-237-5113

Florida Literacy Coalition

250 N. Orange Avenue
Suite 1110
Orlando, FL 32801 
Phone (407) 246-7110
Fax (407) 246-7104

The National Literacy Directory is a joint effort of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the National Center for Families Learning and ProLiteracy. Find a program in any area of the United States at this site.

Literacy/Education Programs in Alachua County

GED (General Education Development) Information

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Looking for a GED program? Questions about GED classes and testing?

Below are GED programs in our community:

Santa Fe College:
GED classes
Northwest Campus

Downtown Blount Campus

Archer Campus

Alachua County Public Schools:
GED classes; testing site

Gainesville Community Ministries:
GED classes
238 SW 4th Avenue
Gainesville 32601

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