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Be An Adult Literacy Tutor

Help adults improve their basic skills!

The Adult Literacy Tutoring Program matches volunteer tutors with adults who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math or to learn the English language. The program serves adult literacy students and tutoring usually involves a commitment of about three hours per week. Tutors work with students one-on-one or serve adult learners enrolled in classes under the direction of a paid instructor. Tutoring takes place in public places such as libraries or College of Lake County sites throughout the county. 

Program orientation sessions and the new tutor training series are offered throughout the year.  For more information or to register for an upcoming orientation and training session, please call 847-775-2549 or E-mail janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.  Working with adult learners is a rewarding experience, and we appreciate your time and your interest! 

Literacy Connection

Click here for the latest news from our literacy program.

Volunteer Tutor Manual

Click here for the latest version of our manual for tutors.

Helpful Forms for Tutors

Hours Tracking Sheet helps you track your tutoring time.

Literacy in my Life helps you and your learner see how tutoring improves their life.

My Learning Goals helps you and your learner stay focused on the most appropriate academic goals.

All of the information required for reporting is included in the online form that is sent to you as a link via E-mail.  We do not need hard copies of the forms available on this page, but please keep copies for yourself and your learner(s) to help you monitor your progress.


If you are interested in becoming a trained volunteer tutor, please contact:

Literacy Office
Waukegan Public Library
(847) 775-2549

janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info



Upcoming Events

Spring Adult Literacy Tutor Training Series

Are you interested in helping adults improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math skills?  Or would you like to help an adult learn the English language?  Click here to review the Volunteer Literacy Tutor job description. 

To learn more and to register, contact Josh Anderson, the Adult Literacy Coordinator, at 847-775-2549 or janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info

Note: Pre-registration is required.  Attending all three Saturdays qualifies a tutor to be placed as an Adult Basic Education (ABE, basic reading, writing and math) or English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor.  If you’d like to do only one or the other, only two of the three Saturdays will be required.

Save the Dates!

Program Orientation – Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6:30-8 p.m.

  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 (All new tutors)

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (ABE tutors)

Saturday, February 21, 2015 (ESL tutors)

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. all three days