LITERACY SERVICES

Adult Literacy Program

One in four adults in San Joaquin County lacks basic literacy skills. Through one-on-one tutoring done by volunteers from the community, the Adult Literacy Program's goals are to promote and maintain the basic literacy skills of English-speaking adults. Adult learners set their own goals so that they may participate more fully in society as parents and family members, as workers, and as community members and citizens. This program is funded largely by a California Library Literacy Services grant. To find out about becoming a tutor or a learner in the Adult Literacy Program, call (209) 937-7778.

 

GED Preparation

The Literacy Office provides an online assessment to identify students' strengths and weaknesses in order to study for the exam. In addition to study materials specifically matched to the online assessment, students may also take official GED practice tests. These services are available in the Literacy Office at the Cesar Chavez Central Library. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (209) 937-7778.

 

English Conversation Club

The Let's Chat: English Conversation Club meets Wednesdays from 3:30-5 pm at the Cesar Chavez Central Library. This program is for ESL adults (English as a Second Language) who wish to practice their English language speaking skills in a casual and relaxed environment. Each session includes a topic of the day, shared reading, activities and interesting conversation. Participating adults should be able to read English and desire and opportunity to practice English conversation. For more information about the English Conversation Club, call (209) 937-7778.

 

Families Reading Together

This program encourages family literacy by introducing preschool and elementary age children and their parents to the library and its many free resources. Programs are held at library branches, schools, and community centers. Children enjoy fun storytimes and learn about great books to read on their own. To schedule a Families Reading Together program at your school or community center, call (209) 937-7012.

 

Literacy in the Community

To learn about other service agencies with literacy programs in our community, consult this directory compiled by Pipeline Literacy Committee.

 

Training Wheels

This early literacy vehicle travels to preschools and daycare centers throughout San Joaquin County. Each visit includes a special storytime where children ages 0-5 and their teachers and caregivers enjoy stories, songs and poetry. This program is funded largely by a California Library Literacy Services grant. To schedule a Training Wheels visit to your preschool or daycare, call (209) 937-8143.