The Adult Literacy Program at Mesa County Libraries is seeking volunteer tutors to help people learn English, improve their English skills, and prepare for U.S. citizenship.
More than 100 people are on the waiting list for English instruction, says Karen Kllanxhja, Head of Literacy Services for Mesa County Libraries. “They want to learn. They are motivated to learn, and they need tutors to help them,” she says.
Each year, Mesa County Libraries provide language tutoring services to hundreds of people from more than 30 countries. Volunteer tutors are crucial to those services, helping students practice and learn language skills. Demand for the services is outpacing the number of tutors, and more volunteer assistance is needed to ensure that help is available for all students.
The Adult Literacy Program is seeking people with the time and passion to help others and who can make a commitment to tutoring. Mesa County Libraries provide tutor training and a series of printed and online materials for tutors and their students to use. The library also assesses the skills of all students to ensure that tutors are matched to students with an appropriate level of skill. English-speaking tutors don’t need to know another language in order to be a tutor; they need only the ability to guide motivated adults who want to learn English.
Find out more about tutoring for the Adult Literacy Program by attending a Volunteer Tutor Information Session. Choose from two sessions: 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Mesa County Central Library, 655 N. 1st St. (First Street and Gunnison Avenue). For more information, call Karen at 970-683-2431.