Adult Literacy Tutoring

Free one-on-one tutoring for adults who want to improve their basic reading and writing skills. Trained volunteers provide tutoring at the Main Library, the Weekes Branch, or other public sites in Hayward. The minimum time commitment is 1x a week for at least 6 months.
A tutor and learner read a book together

How can Literacy Plus help?

  • Fulfill personal goals that improve life at home, at work, and in the community.
  • Develop skills and strategies to help your children succeed in school.
  • Increase your confidence in reading and writing.
  • Improve basic skills to pass the GED exam or High School Equivalency test.
  • Obtain jobs or earn promotions.
  • Access public library and other community resources.
  • Participate in the election process.

Transforming Lives

Hayward Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program positively impacts hundreds of individual lives and families on a daily basis. We are proud to share a video showcasing some of our learners who would like to share how programming has transformed their own lives! Help spread the word! 

One-on-One tutoring “plus”…

  • Free study materials
  • Ongoing evaluation to measure progress
  • Referrals to other educational programs
  • Computer classes
  • Family literacy services to encourage reading in the home
  • Skills-based workshops

How do I become a Literacy Plus learner?

  • I am at least 18 years or older.
  • I am not attending high school.
  • I have never attended college (or not successfully).
  • I understand and speak English well enough to be tutored in English.
  • I read and/or write below the 8th grade level.
  • I am able to make and keep appointments without the help of someone else.
  • I can maintain appropriate behavior with tutors and staff.
  • I can meet with a tutor 1x a week for at least 6 months.

Contact the Literacy Plus office to make an appointment and see if you qualify: Call (510) 583-8557.

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