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Become a Volunteer Tutor

“Yes, tutoring is work.  It will cost you time and effort.  But in the process, you are making a difference in someone else’s life...and, bonus!  You are transformed as well.” 

Tutoring is a wonderful opportunity to make a huge difference in someone’s life. Tutors say they benefit from the experience just as much as their students and learn more about themselves through the process.

Literacy Volunteers of the Pollard Memorial Library (LV-PML) tutors are patient, flexible and encouraging volunteers who create a positive learning environment for adults in basic literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). LV-PML volunteers are sensitive to the struggles of adult learners and willing to meet a learner’s individual needs.

Volunteers attend a 2-hour program orientation and an 18-hour training in either basic literacy or ESOL. They are then matched with an adult learner to tutor for 2 hours per week for 9 months. LVM@PML’s professional staff provides ongoing support and sponsors activities and workshops throughout the year to help both students and tutors.  We also maintain a collection of materials to assist our tutors and students.  For more information about our New Reader collection, please visit our Collections Overview page.

Volunteers must be over age 18, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, and be able to work with diverse groups of people.

For more information about LVM@PML, or upcoming training sessions please complete the form below or contact Carolyn Thompson, Adult Literacy Program Director, at 978-674-1541 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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If you would like a tutor for yourself or know someone who needs one, please visit our Adult Literacy page 

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts at the Pollard Memorial Library is an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts

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