Tuesday, July 22

Upland City Library

Literacy Services

“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”
¯ Andrew Carnegie

Giving Back to your Community while Celebrating 100 Years of Reading in Upland

Are you looking for a rewarding way to volunteer in your community while helping an adult improve their life? Volunteering at the Upland Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program is a wonderful way to offer service to your city. The Adult Literacy Program provides free, private, one-on-one tutoring for adults seeking assistance in improving reading and writing skills. After an initial interview, the adult learner is matched with a volunteer-tutor and they meet once or twice a week at the Upland Public Library. Adult learners set their own goals based on their needs. Here are some of the areas where our specially trained tutors can help:
•            Tutoring for the GED or citizenship test.
•            Reading and writing improvement
•            Comprehension and spelling improvement

Since its start in 1989, the completely grant-funded Adult Literacy Program has successfully impacted the lives of over 1,000 individual adult learners with the help. Tutor Training will be offered in January 2013. If you would like to volunteer as a tutor, please contact Liz Barbee, Literacy Coordinator, (909) 931-4212. The Literacy Office is located on the lower level of the restored historical Carnegie Cultural Center, at 123 D Street, Upland, CA 91786, next door to the Upland Public Library.

Adult Literacy Reading Club

Second Tuesday of the month
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. New Readers
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Advanced Readers
September through June

Adult learners discuss books and meet other aspiring readers in their own book club, which began on October 3, 2006. Each book club member receives a free copy of the book to be discussed. Please check the Library Calendar for specific dates. Grant restrictions limit participation to adult literacy learners and tutors only; please contact the Literacy Office to pre-register, (909) 931-4211.



As an outreach service, the Upland Literacy Program coordinates the "Books for Babies" project. This is a joint effort to nurture literacy at an early age by providing a Ready-Set-Read kit to new parents who visit the San Antonio Community Hospital's Healthy Beginnings Family Care Center. These bilingual (English/Spanish) kits provide information about the benefits of reading to baby, tips on how to read to baby, a list of appropriate titles, a list of parenting books, information about the four participating libraries, a board book, and a coupon to be redeemed for another board book at any one of the four libraries. The Upland Public Library, in partnership with the Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, and San Bernardino County Libraries, provides the "Read-Set-Read" Kits. For additional information about this program, call any of the participating libraries or the Healthy Beginnings Family Care Center at (909) 980-BABY.

Families for Literacy (FFL) Program

Second Tuesday of the month, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
September through June

Funded by the State Library and other donations, FFL offers monthly storytimes and crafts to families enrolled in the adult literacy program who have at least one child 5 years old and under. This program is designed to break the illiteracy cycle by showing parents how to read to their children and introduce books into the home. Free children's books are provided to families eligible for this program.

How you can help the Literacy Program:

* Volunteer your time as a tutor
* Refer students or tutors to the literacy program
* Contribute funds, materials, equipment, or your time to the literacy program

If you would like to volunteer, please call the Literacy Department at (909) 931-4212.