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Library Adult Literacy Program starts a volunteer tutor training session in July

Gainesville, Fla. – Alachua County Library District’s (ACLD) Literacy Office will provide basic literacy tutor training for its Adult Literacy Program starting in July. This free, intensive, dynamic training is required for library literacy volunteers and will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings 6 to 8:45 p.m. starting July 13, and continue through July 29. Two additional evenings of training will occur after tutors have worked with their readers for a couple of months.

This training session will kick off with an overview session on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. All sessions will be held at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. Space is limited. Registration is required and participants will work with their adult readers twice each week after training is completed.

Thanks to a $2,000 grant from Plum Creek Foundation and funds donated from Friends of the Library (FOL) book sales, materials and training for these adult literacy tutors will be provided. This grant with additional FOL funding has made it possible for the Library District to invest in new materials and an improved method of teaching struggling readers using the NOW! Foundations approach. NOW! Foundations (Neuro-development Of Words) is a research-based program provided by the NOW! Corporation of Gainesville and Dr. Tim Conway of the Morris Centers, Einstein School and the University of Florida.

The Library District’s Literacy Office partners with NOW! Corporation of Gainesville for tutor training. ACLD is the first public library adult literacy program and the first volunteer-driven program to implement this research-based method. It has been proven to be effective in helping struggling readers build phonemic and oral awareness, skills they typically lack and which are necessary prior to introducing letters and decoding words.

For more information or to register visit or contact the ACLD’s Literacy Coordinator at (352) 334-3929. For additional information, please contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909, [email protected]. For more information about NOW! Foundations, visit

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).