Read, learn, connect

The Library’s Literacy Program offers basic literacy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) services to adults who struggle with reading or who want to learn English in communities across Alachua County.

How to get started:
If you know an adult who struggles with reading or who wants to learn English, ask him or her to call our Literacy Coordinator Theresa Sterling at (352) 334-3929 or send an email to Basic Spanish is spoken at this extension.

Learners can also visit the Literacy Office at Library Headquarters located at 401 E. University Ave. in Gainesville.

One man tutoring another in a library

How it works:

  • The basic literacy program is completely confidential
  • All materials and services are free
  • Services are offered at most library branches
  • Learners and tutors meet at least once each week
  • Flexible schedules accommodate both learners and tutors
  • ESOL services are offered in leveled small group settings            

How to sign up for help:                      
Call the Literacy Coordinator at (352) 334-3929 to learn more about the program.  

Interested in basic literacy tutoring?
Literacy tutor training is offered once or twice each year with additional subsequent booster sessions.

Our new approach to training literacy tutors and serving adults who struggle with reading involves a fascinating, dynamic and intense training called NOW! Foundations. Tutor training is offered in the evening, twice per week for a total of 24 hours of instruction (spaced out over time) and hands-on practice in this research-based approach that helps learners develop skills to read independently. Literacy tutors must be able to commit to the entire training.

This unique approach is not yet offered in any other volunteer-driven adult literacy program or library-based literacy program in Florida.  Be part of the cutting edge at Alachua County Library District!

Once matched with learners, tutors should be available to meet twice a week for tutoring sessions that last 60-90 minutes at the Library Branch location that offers privacy and convenience for the learning pair.

Interested in ESOL tutoring?
Serving adult English language learners (ELLs) involves a 2-hour training and materials/resources review. This is most often done in a one-on-one setting at the Library Branch of the potential tutor’s choice and is directly provided by the Literacy Coordinator. There are also occasional group trainings depending on community interest, wait list and recruiting efforts.

*It is necessary to be a native English speaker in order to serve in this language-focused program.

For information about trainings, NOW! Foundations or becoming a volunteer tutor, please fill out our ACLD Volunteer Form and/or contact the Literacy Coordinator at (352) 334-3929 or

Current tutors: Use this form to submit monthly reports.

Image used courtesy of San José Library  

Key Contacts

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

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