Did you know that the Library offers fun and practical literacy programs for adults? We provide free courses to everyone in our community, helping Waukeganites reach their goals through computer and internet classes, adult education in reading, math, and job skills, as well as English language learning. It’s all made possible by our incredible volunteers!
We’re especially in need of volunteer Adult Literacy Tutors. Our tutors work with adult students on a variety of subjects, from reading to math to English as a second language (ESL). Many of the Library’s adult learners come to our program because they want to improve their employment opportunities or play an active role in their children’s education, but we also serve learners who want to improve their skills purely for fulfillment and the satisfying achievement of continuing education. We also provide hands-on, practical ESL tutoring; our tutors don’t just help their students become more conversational in English, they help them to navigate daily life in a new language by providing opportunities to practice skills in real-life settings. In so doing, our tutors form deeply meaningful relationships with their students. They often say they gain just as much as their students, if not more, from tutoring!
Training, materials, and support are provided by the Tutoring Program staff, so novice tutors looking for a new volunteering experience are especially welcome! Our Adult Literacy Tutors training program occurs over two consecutive Saturdays. The next training is scheduled for August 8 and August 15, 2015. You can learn more about the program here.
We’re also in search of volunteers to assist in our Digital Literacy classroom courses, helping students as they learn about computers and the Internet, hone essential job skills and develop financial literacy. Volunteers for these courses will have their own orientation, with timing to be determined.
We’re looking for adults who are passionate about putting their expertise and talents to work making a difference in our city. Ready to get involved? Click here to visit our Volunteer Match page, or call Rachel Cope at (847) 775-2547.