Adult Literacy Services

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.

Drop-in Computer Assistance

The Colusa County Free Library’s Literacy Program is proud to present FREE computer assistance to adults. Drop-in at the Colusa Library each Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:15pm to get all of your computer questions answered. Meet with our technology expert Sue by either scheduling an appointment (458-0129) or simply dropping in at the Colusa Library! We have laptop and desktop computers to assist you, or feel free to bring in your own device. Appointments are also available at the branch libraries in Arbuckle, Grimes, Maxwell, Princeton, Stonyford, and Williams. 

Career Online High School

Colusa County Free Library’s Career Online High School (COHS) offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online. The Library’s pilot program provides a limited number of free enrollments to qualified adult learners who are looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education. Career Online High School through the Colusa County Free Library is open to all eligible County residents.

Other Services
Group tutoring in reading and writing
Parenting workshops
Career readiness
Conversation, Poetry, Book and Scrabble Clubs
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) test preparation
Voter registration assistance

Learner & Tutor Forms





California State Library Literacy Services