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The Adult Literacy Services Reading Clubs will start on Monday September 21.

Registration for Reading Clubs starts on Tuesday, September 8. Call to register.


All Reading Club groups are first come, first served. You must register every session. If the reading club is full, you’ll be placed in a waiting list.

Watch for a Reading Club schedule in the mail in the next two weeks.

For more information call the Adult Literacy Services (510) 745-1480


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The Fall 2010 reading club groups are starting on Monday, September 13 in Fremont (including Centerville), Newark, Union City, Castro Valley, Dublin and Albany. Sign up first to attend these popular conversation groups. Meet new friends and practice together your pronunciation, vocabulary, comprehension and writing between September 13 and December 10. All reading clubs are free.

Call Rachel at (510) 745-1480

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Summer 2009 Reading Clubs

July – August

Practice your English conversation, reading and writing skills, public speaking and learn about American culture and experience in an informal small group setting. Small groups meet once per week for 2 hours. These popular groups are great for learners who want to improve their conversational English and enjoy reading and discussing an interesting book. Vocabulary, American idioms, pronuntiation, fluency and friendship are a few of the benefits of joining a Write to Read Reading Club. Some Reading Clubs also practice writing. These groups are facilitated by volunteer tutors. They are free of charge.


Reading Club participants must register before attending any groups at the branch libraries and community locations. Call Rachel to sign-up at (510) 745-1480.


Dublin Library

200 Civic Plaza


Patrice’s Reading Club

Thurs. 6-7:45 PM

June 25 – August 6


LiBi’s Reading Club

Wednesdays, 10AM – 12 PM.

July 1 – August 19


Fremont Main Library & Administration Blg.

2400/2450 Stevenson Blvd 


Mariannes’ Reading Club

Mondays, 9 -11 AM

July 27 – August 31


Vrushali’s Writing Club

Tuesdays, 10 AM – 12 PM

July 7 – August 19


Susan’s Reading Club (Idioms)

Wed. 10 AM – 12 PM

Border’s Books

July 1 – August 19


Kathleen’s Reading Club

Thurs. 10 – 12 PM

July 16 – August 27


Claudia’s Reading Group (Basic)

Wednesday, 6 – 8 PM

Cantury Village Apts.

June 24 – July 19


Newark Library

6300 Civic Terrace Ave.


Linda’s Reading  & Writing Club

Saturdays, 10 AM – 12 PM

June 20 – August 8


Union City Library

34007 Alvarado Niles


Pam’s Reading Club

Sat. 11 AM – 1 PM


June 20 – August 1


Call Today to sign-up for a Reading Club or for more information:  (510) 745-1480.

All Reading Clubs are free of charge.

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Volunteer Tutor Information and Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Write to Read Program.  We are looking for volunteer tutors with these qualifications:

  • At least 18 years old
  • No degrees or diplomas needed
  • Comfortable with reading and writing in English
  • Patient, empathetic, and willing to learn
  • Able to commit to one six months of service

 There are several different volunteer opportunities available in our program. Please see the attached document which describes these. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out both sides of the application form and send it back to us.  Please feel free to call us for more information. (510) 745-1480 Volunteer Application Form

Thank you.

Luis Kong, Ed.D.



Overview of the Write to Read Program 

Program Mission:

By creating a supportive and vibrant adult learning community, we provide a safe environment for reading and writing practice where individuals take risks and grow towards leadership to make positive changes in their lives and communities. 






There are 2 branches to the Write to Read Program:            

Basic Literacystudents are adults with no more than a high school education, who speak English fluently, and who want to improve their reading and writing. Basic students come from both the U.S. and other countries, and usually enter the program reading at about a 4th grade level. Most students are enrolled in small groups led by professional literacy instructors, but some students come to us with short term goals which they would like to achieve with the help of an individual tutor.             

High Level students are second-language learners. Most have been college educated in their home country, and are no longer beginning English learners, but want to work on their reading and communication skills in order to more fully participate in American life. These students are invited to join student reading clubs that emphasize lively discussion. In addition, these students may also have short term goals which they would like to achieve with the help of an individual tutor. 





We are looking for volunteers to: 

  • Offer individual tutoring to help students (either basic or high level) with short term goals. Tutors may be matched with a student according to the tutor’s skills, interests and availability.

                        (7 hours training needed) 

  • Facilitate High Level (second language)  student reading clubs held at the library to work on reading comprehension and discussion

                        (9 hours training needed) 



If you are interested in either of these volunteer opportunities, please read the detailed description of volunteer duties and training attached, and send back to us the two-sided volunteer application form.


Additional volunteer tutor seminars will be available. Please feel free to call us for more information as well. 745-1480  




In addition, experienced volunteers can:           

*Work individually with students who have special needs in reading and writing

*Become volunteer assessment specialists

*Assist in tutor training seminars

*Provide instruction and mentoring to other volunteers

*Coordinate literacy events and publicity

*Be an invaluable community liaison for our program

*Assist staff with office duties 




Facilitating High Level (Second Language) Student Reading Clubs


We ask Volunteers to commit to at least 6 months of volunteering, 2 hours once a week to facilitate a Reading and Discussion group. 


Program description:Student Reading Clubs meet once a week to discuss a book together. The tutor chooses a book with help from program staff. The tutor can decide exactly how to structure the discussion time. Some groups do reading aloud, while others read completely at home. Discussion and dialogue is emphasized. No formal grammar or pronunciation instruction is given. Groups are generally 4-10 students. Tutors must have an interest in working with immigrants from a variety of cultures, a love of reading and books, as well as patience and an open-minded attitude towards learning. Training9 hours total 

  • Tutor orientation/training—3 hours
  • Observation of  2 classes—4 hours
  • Follow-up meeting—2 hours (after volunteer has started a small group)


  • The tutor coordinator will visit groups from time to time to give the tutor feedback and suggestions for effective facilitation
  • Tutors are welcome to visit other groups to become familiar with other approaches

  Locations: Fremont, Union City, Newark, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Dublin   






Short Term Individual Tutoring  


We ask a volunteer to commit to at least 6 months of tutoring, 2-3 hours a week to work individually with literacy students to help them achieve their short term goals. 


Program description:

Volunteer tutors work individually with a student at the library once or twice a week for 2-3 hours total. Tutors may be matched with a student according to the tutor’s skills and availability. Tutoring “materials” are provided by the student. For example, students may need help filling out a form, reading a document, or preparing for a test. Tutors must have flexibility and patience, as well as an encouraging attitude. 


Training: 7 hours total 

  • Tutor orientation—3 hours
  • Follow-up meeting—2 hours (after tutoring has begun)
  • On-going quarterly workshops – 2 hours


  • Tutors will stay in contact with the tutor coordinator to receive on-going support.

  Locations:               Fremont, Union City, Newark, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Dublin








Volunteer Application Form



Please fill out BOTH SIDES and return to:           

Write to Read 

Alameda County Library                                                                                  

2450 Stevenson Blvd.                                                                                   

Fremont, CA  94538 




Name _____________________________       Date ____________


City ___________Zip________

Telephone (h) _______________  (c) __________________ (w)__________________


Occupation: _________________________ (if retired, please tell us about former occupations) 




I am free to volunteer (please circle all days and times you are available):            Mon.                Tues.               Wed.               Thurs.              Fri.                  Sat.            

Mornings                                Afternoons                 Evenings 


I am willing to tutor in (please mark top 2 choices with the numbers 1 and 2):

___ Fremont   ___ Newark   ___ Union City ___ San Lorenzo ___ Castro Valley ___ Dublin



The following information is for state reports, and is confidential: 

ETHNIC BACKGROUND                                                                                                   

□  Asian                                                                                                 

□  Black                                                                                     

□  Hispanic                                                                                

□  Native American                                                                  

□  Other                                                                                      

□  Pacific Islands*                                                                           

□  White   

(*includes Filipino, Guamanian, Samoan)                                                                                      

SEX:   Female        Male 


LANGUAGE (S) SPOKEN (other than English):  _____________________   


Please describe any previous experience you have had working with adults:  ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  

After reading the descriptions of duties and training, I am interested in:  ___ Short Term Individual Tutoring Please list any special skills or knowledge you have to share: (for example, strong math skills, grammar skills, resume writing skills, test-taking skills)
 ______________________________________________________________________ Also, please tell us what interests you in helping students individually with short-term goals: ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  



OR ___ Facilitating High Level (Second Language) Student Reading Clubs Please tell us what interests you about leading a student reading club: ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________ 


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Write to Read Adult Literacy Program

Write to Read, Alameda County Library’s Adult Literacy Program, is proud to announce the publication of several student and staff writings in the September 2007 issue of The Change Agent, a national adult education newspaper for social justice.

The theme of the issue is “Taking Action To Stay in School.” Three student writings have been published, as well as an article and activity by staff instructors and the program’s student advocate. Three long-time students wrote articles entitled, “I Found a Solution,” “Real Life Struggles,” and “Students Helping Students.” Margarita Lopez, a student who joined the program in 2004, writes about a creative solution she found to family pressures. Samuel Perez, who has been with Write to Read since 2005, writes about the personal obstacles he faces to staying in the program and why the small group model of the Write to Read program has helped him persevere with his goal to continue to learn. Bruce Larson, a student of 8 years as well as an active peer tutor in the program, writes about how he has taken on leadership in the program in order to support other students and motivate himself.

Write to Read instructors, Kiran Malavade and Krista Shaffer, wrote the article “Creating a Learning Community,” which discusses the unique learning model of the Write to Read small group adult tutoring program and how it supports students in their efforts to continue learning. The article also includes an activity developed by the program’s student advocate, Darlene Garcia, for her student orientation which helps illustrate the student-centered, participatory philosophy of Write to Read.

The latest edition as well as other issues of The Change Agent can be found online at http://www.nelrc.org/changeagent/

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