Pontotoc County Literacy Coalition is seeking a few good volunteers. Any adult at least 18 years of age who can read and has a desire to assist another adult in improving literacy skills can become a volunteer tutor. Training and instructional materials are provided at no cost. 

The adult literacy program, housed on the second floor of the Ada Public Library, offers free tutoring services for adults who wish to improve literacy skills in reading, writing, mathematics, basic computer operation or English as a Second Language. The program also offers help to those preparing for a High School Equivalency exam or those preparing for U.S. citizenship. Study materials are provided at no charge, and most tutoring is on a one-to-one basis, on a schedule arranged between the tutor and learner,and based upon the goals of the learner.

The coalition will hold an Open Minds training class for new volunteer tutors for the adult literacy program. The nine-hour training is divided into three 3 hour sessions. Part I training will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. Part 2 training will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and Part 3 will complete the course Nov. 28. Tutors who complete the training will be certified as Open Minds tutors by the local organization and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries Literacy Resource Office. Light snacks will be served at each session.

Please contact Carol at (580) 436-5443, or pclc@ada.lib.ok.us for further information, or to register for the training. Advance registration for the training is not required; however, it is encouraged to ensure adequate training materials are available for each session.

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Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.