Welcome to Partners in Reading
The mission of Partners in Reading is to enrich the lives of adults through reading, writing, technology, life skills, critical thinking, as well as English language learning; equipping them to achieve their goals and participate more fully and with greater confidence in all areas of their lives.
What Does Partners in Reading Do?
We provide free one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults whose reading or writing skills are below the ninth grade level. To qualify as a learner, an adult needs to speak and understand English at a conversational level. Tutoring is provided by trained volunteers at the King Library, a San José Public Library system branch, or another public site in San José. Tutors and learners are required to make a six-month commitment to meet three hours per week.
Established in 1989, Partners in Reading (PAR) has trained over 3,755 volunteer tutors and served over 4,677 adult learners. As a member of California Library Literacy Services, we are part of a statewide network of over 100 public libraries providing adult literacy instruction. We work cooperatively with other literacy providers, social service agencies, and community groups.
Two PAR Tutors Honored
At the spring Volunteer Recognition Event, PAR was pleased to honor volunteers Julie Oborny and Jo Anne Petrillo for their dedicated service to PAR's learners. Read their stories here.
Change a Life - Give the Gift of Reading
Call the Partners in Reading office at (408) 808-2361 to find out more about how to volunteer. The next orientation is Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Joyce Ellington Branch Library.
Read these yelp reviews about Partners in Reading to learn what other volunteers think about the program. If you are a learner or a tutor you can add your opinion too. Thanks!
San Jose Public Library and PAR Honored
The library and PAR received the Urban Libraries Council 2012 Innovators award. The program was offered at worksites, and employees participated in training to improve their English and job skills.
Here's a news story about the importance of getting help with reading and writing problems, which will also have a tremendous effect on family members. Mr. Z. joined a literacy program at age 35, and then he worked for the library. Now he is on the school board and makes frequent visits to schools to help kids get excited about books. Watch his heartwarming story.
Meet Typical Adult Learners
Adults participate in PAR for many reasons. Meet Kristi, a typical adult learner who has participated in a library literacy program to enhance her language and literacy skills.
Adults who have problems reading and writing also have problems when they go to the doctor. Some try to hide their problem from their doctors. Watch these videos of Enrique and Kristi as they explain what it's like to have a health concern combined with a reading and writing problem. In addition to the human costs, in the U. S. the annual monetary cost is over $200 billion when adults go to emergency rooms more frequently, are sicker, and are hospitalized longer. Medication errors often happen when adults can't read the instructions on their medicines.
Join the program. Improve your reading and writing.