The Dixon Adult Literacy Program (DALP) will be holding two orientation meetings for those interested in the program or in becoming tutors. DALP tutors help improve literacy in our community by teaching English language speaking, reading and writing skills to any Dixon resident over 18 years old. The new tutor orientations are scheduled for Wednesday, February 27 from 6pm-8pm and Saturday, March 2 from 10am-12pm. Orientations will be held in the Annex at 200 N. 1st Street. Those interested in becoming a tutor are required to attend one of the upcoming orientations and complete 10 hours of training. Most tutoring is done on a 1-1 basis, but a group lesson has been created for those students on the waiting list.
The Dixon Adult Literacy Program began in April 2018 when a few volunteers from the Friends of the Dixon Public Library saw a need to help improve English skills in the community. These volunteers met with literacy coordinators from other libraries in our area, attended trainings and learned how to establish a literacy program in Dixon. DALP is a home-grown Dixon program!
“We began the Dixon Adult Literacy Program to make literacy available to all people in our community. Most of our students work all day before coming to lessons in the evening. They are tired, but want so badly to learn to speak, read and write in English” said Pam Griffey, DALP Coordinator, “most of us take for granted the ease at which we use the English language and all the privileges that it can bring to us. We want to make sure all Dixon citizens have these rights. The Dixon Adult Literacy Program is our gift to the community we live in.”
The Dixon Library is excited to partner with and support the DALP as it continues to grow and serve the community. Most recently the library has added a new staff position to aid Ms. Griffey in the administrative and operational areas of the program.