Partners in Reading (PAR): Adult and Family Literacy

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PAR Mission

The mission of Partners in Reading (PAR ) is to enrich the lives of adults to achieve their personal and professional goals through reading, writing, critical thinking, technology, life skills and English language learning.


150 E San Fernando, San Jose, CA 95112

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Adrian McBride


Monday 10 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday Closed

  Holiday Closures

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Support Us

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

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Become a Partners in Reading Adult Basic Literacy or ESL Learner

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

Become a Partners in Reading Volunteer

Share your reading, writing, and conversation skills to enrich the lives of adults in San José. We provide free training, learning materials and resources. Learn how to contribute to your community.

Meet Partners in Reading Tutors and Learners

Adults participate in Partners in Reading (PAR) for many reasons. Read some of PAR's tutor and learner stories.

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 instructors to teach basic computer skills and show learners how to use programs to build job skills.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Learn and practice English conversation with a tutor.

Learner Toolbox

Explore online tools and classes for Partners in Reading Learners.

Tutor Toolbox

Access tutoring strategies, log volunteer hours, request materials, use free worksheets, and browse online resources for Partners in Reading (PAR) tutors.

PAR Books and Newsletters

Check out the PAR learner book collection, explore our recommended reads for adult learners, and read PAR newsletters!