Literacy: Berkeley READS

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Berkeley READS in action

What is Berkeley READS?

 Berkeley READS is our adult and family literacy program.We provide free literacy services for eligible adults over the age of 16.
We provide:
  • One-on-one tutoring: Learners are matched with tutors for weekly tutoring sessions. Free instructional materials are provided. 
  • Drop-in sessions:  Open sessions are available for learners on our wait list and for those who want additional assistance. 
  • Computer Lab: Learners access tools in our computer lab at West Branch or at Central, with tutor support.
  • Small group tutoring: Learners support each other on focused projects.
  • Family literacy: Volunteers visit local organizations, providing story visits and free books to children. We provide special programs for children and caregivers to strengthen literacy skills.
  • Special programs: Learners strengthen literacy skills while visiting museums, cooking, and learning about the environment.

Locations and Hours

Berkeley READS @West Branch
1125 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
510 981-6299

Monday 10-6
Tuesday 10-6
Wednesday 10-6
Thursday 12-8
Friday 10-6

Computer lab/Drop-in tutoring @West Branch
Monday-Friday 12:30-4:30
Computer lab/Drop-in tutoring @Central Library
Tuesday 10-5

Become a Volunteer Tutor

Join our team as a volunteer adult literacy tutor!  Volunteers are patient, flexible and want to make a difference in their community.  Tutors work one-on-one with adult learners, improving basic reading and writing skills and supporting learners in achieving their learning goals. 
Volunteer tutors must:
  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • complete our free tutor orientation and training
  • commit to at least six months of volunteering
  • be available to tutor twice a week for one or two hour sessions
  • stay connected with Berkeley READS by participating in phone calls and planning meetings

Learn more about becoming a volunteer tutor. Call 510-981-6299.