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HCPL volunteer tutors can help you improve your reading and writing skills. 

HCPL's adult literacy program is designed for adults who speak English well, but who want to learn to read and write better. Students and volunteers meet one-on-one at one of our branch libraries. Classes are free. All books and materials are provided by the library.

For more information, contact the Literacy Specialist, Gaspar Guevara at or at (713) 274-6593

A little of your time can make a big difference in someone's life. Become a literacy tutor at HCPL

If you have a little time to give, you can make a huge difference in a neighbor's life. Become a volunteer literacy tutor. No teaching experience necessary. We provide the training, the place to meet and all the teaching materials you will need.

Frequently Asked Questions: Adult Literacy

How do I get started?

First, we need to find out what you need help with so we can design a learning plan that fits your needs. Call the library branch closest to you and ask for a reading assessment.

What do I do after I get tested?

Once we know what level you need, we will place you with a tutor as soon as possible. 

When can I start learning?

Demand for reading instruction is high. Some areas of the county may not have enough volunteer tutors to meet demand. We match students and tutors as quickly as we can. 

How much will it cost?

It's completely free. HCPL even provides all books and materials at no cost to you.

How long will the classes last?

That is up to you. We will provide classes until you have reached your goals.

I have been told I have a reading or learning disability, can you help me?

All of our tutors are volunteers and may not have the skills and knowledge needed to help you meet your reading goals. We can, however, put you in touch with other groups who might be fit your needs better. Call (713) 274-6600 for more information.