Redlands Adult Literacy Program

Redlands Adult Literacy Program

Welcome to the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library  and A. K. Smiley Library!  Working with community volunteers, our mission is to provide professional one-on-one tutoring in reading and writing to adults, 18 years and older, seeking help in our community.

SERVICES PROVIDED: It is estimated that nearly one in five adults in the United States has difficulty reading job placement postings, medical directives, voting materials and other written materials crucial to functioning in this society. At the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, tutoring services are provided at no cost to adults, 18 years and older, requesting assistance in improving reading and writing skills.  Lessons are individualized, confidential, and goal-oriented.

Interested in Tutoring?  The Redlands Adult Literacy Program will hold a Tutor Orientation meeting on January 12, 2015, at 6:00 PM at the A. K. Smiley Public Library Assembly Room.  Upon completion or the Orientation, you are invited to attend the Tutor Training meeting on February 9, 2015, at 6:00 PM at the A. K. Smiley Public Library Assembly Room.  Completion of the Tutor Orientation and Tutor Training is required to tutor in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program.  If you are interested in volunteering and would like to attend the Orientation and Tutor Training, please call 909.798.7565, ext. 4138 or email us at:  literacy We welcome your participation!   

Tutors are volunteers from our community and must be at least 18 years old.  No previous teaching experience is required.  Tutor qualifications are: the ability to speak, read, and write English; compassion and sensitivity to the needs of adult learners; and the willingness to be trained to assist the learner in meeting the learner’s goals.  Tutor/learner pairs schedule dates and times for tutoring to fit their schedules.  Meetings occur at A. K. Smiley Library or at designated school sites in our community.  Tutors are provided with recommended teaching materials and techniques to assist with any challenges that may arise.

Interested in improving your reading and writing?  Learners must be at least 18 years old and out of the traditional high school environment.  A learner must be able to speak to and understand English-speaking staff and tutors.  Learners are interviewed and assessed  prior to being matched with a tutor.  Following the assessment, learners are matched with a tutor and are asked to make a six-month commitment to the program. Learners meet with their tutor once or twice a week for 1½ to 2 hours.

Support & Donations:  The Friends of the Library, a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, working in collaboration with A. K. Smiley Library, is committed to the life-changing benefits of literacy.   Donations are welcome and needed to ensure that the adult literacy program can continue to serve the needs of adults in our community. Please contact the Redlands Adult Literacy Program at (909) 798.7565, ext. 4138, or e-mail:  if you would like to:

  • Volunteer to help tutor or assist the Redlands Adult Literacy Program
  • Receive help in reading and writing English and are 18 years old or older
  • Make a financial donation in support of adult literacy in Redlands

Stay informed:  Please continue to visit this web site or the Friends Facebook page for further information regarding upcoming adult literacy events.  Working together, we can continue to assist adults wishing to improve their reading and writing.  

Tickets are now available!  On May 21, 2015, the Redlands Adult Literacy Program will hold an adult literacy fundraiser at the Footlighters Theater in Redlands.  Festivities begin with a wine and appetizer reception at 7:00 p.m., followed by a performance of Neil Simon’s play, “Rumors”, at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets for the evening are $25 per person. 

Tickets may be purchased by mailing a check or visiting the A. K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St., Redlands, CA.  Checks should be made payable to the Friends of A. K. Smiley Public Library, reference:  Adult Literacy Fundraiser.

Support adult literacy in our community!

Learn more about the Redlands Adult Literacy Program:  Enjoy a recent edition of Redlands Reads!

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 Click on the video below to hear from adult learners in Redlands:


Literacy Changes Lives and Enriches Our Community!