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 Basic Spanish is spoken at this extension and all messages are private.

Literacy Specialist, Jeremy Merritt, (352) 334-3920 or


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


Interested in basic literacy tutoring?
Our intensive literacy tutor training is offered once or twice 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. Tutor training is usually 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 and no make-ups are offered. Interested potential tutors must first meet with the Literacy Coordinator before participating in 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 are expected to meet twice each week for tutoring sessions that last approximately one hour at the Library Branch location that offers privacy and convenience for the learning pair.

*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

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

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.

We currently offer 2 free ESOL classes.  Please contact Literacy Program staff to join a class.

  • Advanced Conversational English Class: Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM, Headquarters, Meeting Room B
  • High Beginning English (ESOL) Class: Mondays 11-12:30 PM, Alachua Branch

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