Literacy

Read, learn, connect

The Library’s Literacy Program serves adults in our community who are interested in:

  • Improving basic reading skills
  • Learning English (for non-native speakers)
  • Improving literacy skills in Spanish (in preparation for entering a traditional English learning program)

How to get started:
If you know an adult who struggles with basic literacy or who wants to learn English, ask him or her to contact the Literacy Program:

Literacy Coordinator, Theresa Sterling, (352) 334-3929 or tsterling@aclib.us. Basic Spanish is spoken at this extension and all messages are private.

Literacy Specialist, Jeremy Merritt, (352) 334-3920 or jmerritt@aclib.us.

 

One man tutoring another in a library

How it works:

  • The program is completely confidential
  • All materials and services are free
  • Services are offered at most library branches
  • Flexible schedules accommodate both learners and tutors

How to sign up for help:                       
Call the Literacy Coordinator at (352) 334-3929 to learn more about the program and to schedule an intake meeting. Open enrollment for ESOL classes is held on Tuesdays from 11 am - 2 pm at the Headquarters library, Literacy Program office.

Image used courtesy of San José Library

Tutoring

Interested in basic literacy tutoring?

Our training program is undergoing a redesign. The next training will be in early 2019. To be placed on our training wait list, please contact staff mentioned below. We will contact you once the dates are set.

Our intensive literacy tutor training is offered two to three times each year with additional subsequent booster sessions.

Our approach to training literacy tutors and serving adults who struggle with reading involves a fascinating, dynamic and intense training called NOW! Foundations. This research-based approach helps learners develop skills to read independently and was initially designed for dyslexic learners.

Literacy tutors must be able to commit to the entire training. Interested potential tutors must first meet with the Literacy Coordinator before participating in training, and a fully-processed Volunteer Application must be in place before tutors meet with their adult learner.

The NOW! approach (Neuro-development Of Words) is not yet offered in any other volunteer-driven adult literacy program or library-based literacy program in Florida.  We invite you to be part of the cutting edge at Alachua County Library District and truly teach an adult in our community to read.

Once matched with learners, tutors are expected to meet twice each week for tutoring sessions that last approximately one hour at the determined Library Branch location.

*It is necessary to be a native English speaker or have native-like fluency in order to serve in the Literacy Program.

For information about trainings or becoming a volunteer tutor, please fill out our ACLD Volunteer Form and/or contact the Literacy Coordinator at (352) 334-3929 or tsterling@aclib.us.

Volunteer tutor task descriptions can be found here.

 

Current tutorsUse this form to submit monthly reports.

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
Email: info@floridaliteracy.org
Web: http://floridaliteracy.org/

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. www.nationalliteracydirectory.org

ESOL Classes

We currently offer 3 free ESOL classes.  Please contact Literacy Program staff to join a class.

  • Basic ESOL Class: Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Headquarters
  • High Beginning English (ESOL) Class: Mondays, 11-12:30 p.m., Alachua Branch
  • Advanced Conversational English Class: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Headquarters, Meeting Room B

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
(352)395-5760

Downtown Blount Campus
(352)395-4496

Archer Campus
(352)381-3707

Alachua County Public Schools:
GED classes; testing site
(352)955-7035

Gainesville Community Ministries:
GED classes
238 SW 4th Avenue
Gainesville 32601
(352)372-8162