Pioneer Library System seeks volunteer literacy tutors in Norman

The Pioneer Library System is looking for volunteers to serve as literacy tutors. Training will be provided on two Saturdays, beginning this week.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 18, 2011

— The Pioneer Library System is looking for volunteers to serve as literacy tutors.

Volunteers can sign up for training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 29. Prospective tutors are asked to attend both training sessions in the Lowery Room at the Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster Ave.

Tutors must be 18 or older and be high school graduates. After training, each tutor is paired with a student to work one-on-one with on a weekly basis on a schedule agreed upon by tutor and student.

According to the 2003 Oklahoma State Assessment of Adult Literacy, 12 percent of Oklahomans older than 16 read at below basic level, with another 31 percent of adults having only the most basic reading skills.

“They may find it difficult or impossible to obtain a GED or a driver's license, read to their children, vote or even read newspaper articles,” said Jane Douglass, Cleveland County literacy coordinator. “The good news is that you can be part of the solution to the problem.”

The adult literacy program is available in each of the library system's three counties, Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie.

Registration for training is required. To register or for more information, call Douglass at 701-2682.


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