Committed to breaking the cycle of low literacy in our community, Adult Literacy Services helps adults with English literacy skills below a sixth grade level improve their reading and writing proficiency through one-on-one tutoring, self-directed and online practice, and group classes at literacy centers in 21 neighborhood libraries.

Adult Literacy Services provides adult learners with volunteer tutors and instructors who help them improve their English literacy and meet a wide variety of personal goals from finding a better job to reading books, newspapers, and medicine labels. Adult Literacy Coordinators train tutors, match them with students, help adult learners access the Library’s rich resources, and promote adult literacy services throughout the community.

Launched in April 2014, Career Online High School at the Los Angeles Public Library gives students ages 19 and older residing in the city of Los Angeles, the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate for free. The Los Angeles Public Library is the first public library system in the country to offer this program for adult learners who are looking to continue their education, prepare for workforce entry, or advance their careers.”

The following Adult Literacy Services are offered at the 21 library centers:

  • Adult Literacy Program: Trained volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students twice a week at the Library for at least six months, with the goal for the student to be able to read and write at the sixth grade level.
  • Limited English Proficiency: Students work with a literacy coordinator, using self-teaching videos or programs available on the Library’s adult literacy website, to transition into the Adult Literacy Program and be able to work one-on-one with a tutor.
  • Families for Literacy: Adults who are in either of the above programs and who have children (birth to five-years-old) are taught how to read to their children and given free books to share with them at home.

In addition, every neighborhood library has a collection of literacy materials that support various stages of learning. The Los Angeles Public Library’s Adult Literacy Services website provides an array of valuable instructional programs, including: “Plato” for math, reading, and writing skill development; “Learning Express” to improve job skill test results; and “Reading Upgrade.”

Adult Literacy Services at the Los Angeles Public Library is supported by the generosity of:

  • The Caroline Singleton Endowment
  • The Flora Thornton Endowment
  • The Flora Thornton Foundation
  • Joseph Drown Foundation
  • MUFG Union Bank Foundation
  • Michael Jones
  • The Dean Hansell Fund
  • Anonymous
  • Luvh Rakhe
  • The Council of the Library Foundation

To learn more about funding opportunities for Adult Literacy Services, please contact Imani Harris, Senior Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, at 213.292.6243 or [email protected].

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