LB Reads is a one-on-one literacy tutoring program that aims to help English speaking adults improve their reading and writing skills so they can reach their potential as workers, parents, community members, and lifelong learners.
According to national and international surveys, approximately 1 in 6 adults in the United States have less than basic literacy skills. That estimate is even higher for Los Angeles County, with approximately 1 in 3 adults struggling with basic prose literacy skills.
Long Beach Public Library's LB Reads year-round adult literacy program connects learners with reading tutors to empower community members to reach their goals.
This program is available to any English-speaking adult who wants help with basic reading and writing. There is no cost. Learners meet with their tutor once or twice a week at a time that works for you.
Literacy goals of this program are unique to each learner, but may include:
- Reading with your children
- Reading the news
- Obtaining a better job
- Registering to vote
- Overcoming literacy challenges
For more information or to enroll in LB Reads, please email LBreads@lbpl.org or call 562-570-7500.
LB Reads depends on great tutors like you! If you love to read, and want to help someone improve their reading and writing skills, this is the perfect opportunity for you. No prior teaching experience is required.
To apply, download and complete the Volunteer Application Form. Return completed forms by mail, email, or in person at any Long Beach Public Library.
This is a list of free online resources you can access from home to keep improving your reading and writing skills. Follow easy-to-read news, do a crossword puzzle, practice reading aloud, and read along classic novels, short stories, articles and more.