Partners in Reading (PAR): Adult and Family Literacy

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PAR Mission

PAR is dedicated to improving the lives of adults by supporting them in basic reading, writing, language, technology, and life skills to engage with greater confidence in all areas of their lives.

Donate to PAR

Donate to PAR through the SJPL Foundation. Please write "PAR, Partners in Reading" in the "Where to Give" section and select "Other".

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150 E San Fernando, San Jose, CA 95112

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Adrian McBride


Monday 9 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday 9 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 8 PM
Thursday 9 AM - 8 PM
Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 9 AM - 12 PM
Sunday Closed

  Holiday Closures

Become a Partners in Reading Learner

Adults can receive free one-to-one or small group tutoring to improve their basic reading, writing and technology skills. Find out how to become a PAR learner! Call 1-408-808-2361

Volunteer Tutors Needed

Share your reading and writing skills to enrich the lives of adults in San José. PAR provides free training, learning materials and resources. Learn how to change someone’s life.

Family Literacy Service

Partners in Reading works with local organizations to provide parenting workshops, literacy materials, children’s books and more!

Partners in Reading - Digital Literacy

Improve your computer and technology skills! Partners in Reading provides coaches to teach basic computer skills and show students how to use programs to build job skills.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Learn, practice, and speak English with others in ESL classes. PAR provides free ESL classes for all levels in the fall and spring semesters.

Meet Tutors and Learners

Our tutors and learners share their stories.