Literacy Program

 The San Bernardino County Library offers an Adult Literacy Program which helps adults learn to read or improve their reading skill through one on one tutoring. Adult Volunteer tutors are trained through our program and paired with an adult learner to begin the program.

Adult Tutors
You can positively impact the life of a struggling adult learner by volunteering as a reading coach. Being a reading coach is a big responsibility but is also very rewarding. Prospective reading coaches in the Read to Learn Adult Literacy Program must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Speak English well and possess good reading skills
  • Have a High School diploma or GED
  • Be willing to commit to meeting with an adult learner in the library for 2 hours a week, for a minimum of 6 months
  • Participate in the tutor training and attend an orientation
  • Sign and agree to comply with the San Bernardino County Library’s volunteer expectations and requirements
  • Have an interest and willingness to teach basic literacy skills to an adult learner
  • Have patience

For Volunteer requirements and to fill out an application, click here.

Adult Learners
If you would like to learn to read, or know someone who would, this is a great program for you. This FREE program offers one on one, confidential tutoring to help you set and achieve literacy based goals, improve your reading skills and leave you more confident to succeed. Adults who are interested in this program should:

  • Be at least 17 years of age and not enrolled in school
  • Speak basic English
  • Read or write below a 7th grade level
  • Be willing to meet at the library for tutoring 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months

For more information, please contact one of our literacy sites listed below.

Online Resources 

  • Literacy Link – Combining video, the Internet, and print materials, LiteracyLink programs are relevant to the needs of the individual learner, adult instructional programs, and the workforce. Log on to take a GED practice test, use interactive exercises designed to help you with GED skills and explore other Internet activities that support GED preparation.
  • Literacy Program Near You – Find a literacy program in your area.
  • is a site dedicated to electronic resources and tools for the youth and adult literacy communities.
  • LINCS Literacy Information and Communication System is a national dissemination and professional development system, providing information on literacy research, practice, and resources.
  • SCLLN – The Southern California Library Literacy Network was formalized in 1985 and has continued to meet, providing a forum to share ideas and address literacy issues among literacy programs throughout Southern California.

Literacy Program Sites

Adelanto Branch Library
Phone: 760-246-5661
Serving Adelanto Branch Library

Apple Valley Newton T. Bass Branch Library
Phone: 760-240-7739

Serving Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley Branch Libraries

Barstow Branch Library
Phone: 760-256-4847

Serving Barstow, Needles and Trona Branch Libraries

Big Bear Lake Branch
Phone: 909-866-5571

Serving Big Bear Lake Branch Library

Chino Branch Library
Phone: 909-465-5239

Serving Chino Branch Library

Chino Hills Branch
Phone: 909-590-5383
Serving Chino Hills Branch Library

Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center
Phone: 909-574-4500

Serving Fontana, Bloomington, and Kaiser Branch Libraries

Grand Terrace Branch
Phone: 909-783-0147
Serving Grand Terrace Branch Library


Hesperia Branch Library
Phone: 760-244-4898
Serving Hesperia Branch Library

Highland Branch
Phone: 909-425-4704

Serving Highland and Grand Terrace Branch Libraries

Lake Arrowhead Branch
Phone: 909-337-5420

Serving Lake Arrowhead, Crestline and Running Springs Branch Libraries

Loma Linda Branch
Phone: 909-763-8621
Serving Loma Linda Branch Library

Rialto Branch Library
Phone: 909-875-0144
Serving Rialto Branch Library

Twentynine Palms Branch Library
Phone: 760-367-1146

Serving Twentynine Palms Branch Library

Yucaipa Branch Library
Phone: 909-790-3147
Serving Yucaipa, Loma Linda and Mentone Branch Libraries

Yucca Valley Branch
Phone: 760-228-5461

Serving Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree Branch Libraries