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Adult Literacy Program
Adult Literacy Program 
James S. Thalman Library
14020 City Center Drive
Chino Hills, CA 91709

Ph: (909) 590-5380
Fax: (909)591-5267

The City of Chino Hills contracts with the San Bernardino County Library to provide literacy services for adult residents. Community Development Block Grant funding (CDBG) provides financial support that allows the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library to offer free literacy programs for adults five days each week.

During the past twenty years, the Library's Literacy Program has determined that adults who lack literacy skills want to learn to read
to improve their lives, obtain jobs or promotions, and want to be able
to help their children with school requirements and homework.

Program Components

The Adult Literacy Program provides an important community service by providing free tutoring and instructional support to adult English learners who struggle with reading, writing, and low literacy skills. The Literacy Program participants are adults whose English skills are assessed before they are matched with trained volunteer tutors. Tutors and English learners meet in the library one to two times per week for individualized instruction and help in reaching individual learning goals. These goals may include passing the GED, helping children with homework, obtaining a California Driver's License, obtaining a library card, applying for jobs online, or preparing a resume.

In addition to one-on-one tutoring, the Adult Literacy program also provides a free Mature Driver Education Course and a free Computer Basics for the Seniors of Chino Hills.  Local seniors can learn skills including basic computer use such as: how to use a mouse, writing letters, sending and receiving emails, and searching the Internet. Courses offered throughout the year may include: Spelling and Phonics, English Conversation, Grammar Success, and a Citizenship Test Prep Workshop. 

Free English Tutoring Available

Free tutoring is available for adults who want to improve their English language or reading skills. The Library is also seeking volunteer tutors who are willing to help at least one hour per week. Training and materials are supplied free of charge. To find out more about volunteering as a tutor or improving your English skills, stop by the Library.