Pima County Public Library is offering the classes via a $15,000 grant from the American Dream Libraries literacy initiative, which was funded by the American Library Association and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The library contracts with Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, Literacy Connects adult education program. Members of the program recruit, train and offer ongoing professional development for volunteer tutors. The library pays for picture dictionaries used in classes.
The classes, which are offered at 10 library branches, are intended for adult English language learners. They focus on advance conversation.
“Because of the partnership that we’ve created with the Library, many adults see real improvements in their life skills, self-esteem, and employment opportunities," said Betty Stauffer, Executive Director of Literacy Connects, in a news release. "More than 1,000 students representing over 40 countries are taking these classes each year.”
English language classes are currently being offered at libraries including Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road and Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave.