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Adult Literacy Services
Stacey Zwald Costello, Library Director

Alissa Morrow, Literacy Coordinator

To meet the needs of a diverse community of learners, the Colusa County Free Library's Literacy Program offers a wide variety of learning opportunities. Patrons and literacy students are encouraged to learn how to access a range of library materials in different formats, languages and reading levels to increase their literacy skills. Patrons and learners can use public computer stations, access free WiFi, and explore a multitude of e-resources at each branch location. With options ranging from traditional English language reading and writing tutoring, and digital literacy workshops and classes to independent learning resources, the Literacy Program has options for everyone.

One-on-One Tutoring

The Adult Literacy offers free, individualized and confidential tutoring with trained volunteer tutors from the community. Learners gain the skills they need to read to their children, complete job applications, pass the driver’s test, write a birthday card and achieve any other goal they have set for themselves. 

Learners must meet the following requirements: 

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Not currently enrolled in school
  • Can speak a basic amount of English


An adult literacy tutor meets regularly with an adult learner who wants to improve his or her reading and writing skills. Volunteers tutor at libraries, adult educational facilities, and community-based organizations. Tutors must be at least 17 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Patience, sensitivity, and flexibility are essential.

Tutors are required to attend an orientation and complete basic tutor training with the Literacy Coordinator. Additional volunteer training is offered monthly through California State Library Literacy Program tutor webinars and Colusa County Free Library in-service classes.

Tutors must agree to:


  • Meet with a learner in a public place at least once a week for a minimum of one hour
  • Help the learner to identify specific reading and writing goals
  • Periodically evaluate the learner's reading and writing progress using the State Library's Roles and Goals achievement survey, and acknowledge his or her efforts and successes through the learner's portfolio
  • Report tutoring hours each month
  • Treat learners with respect and maintain a team approach to learning


If interested in becoming a tutor or know someone who would benefit as a Literacy Program student, contact the Literacy Coordinator or fill out one of the forms below.


The Colusa County Free Library’s Literacy Program is proud to present FREE Digital Literacy classes to adults at five of the library branches.  The Digital Literacy classes will run twice a month at the main branch, and multiple times a year at our Arbuckle, Maxwell, Stonyford, and Williams branches.

The main branch, in Colusa will host 12 in-depth workshops, which can be taken individually, or as a series; each participating branch library will offer abridged workshops in topics ranging from computer basics to internet safety, using social media and booking vacations online. 

The schedule can be found on our monthly calendar. 
For more information, contact Literacy Coordinator Alissa Morrow