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.


150 E San Fernando, San Jose, CA 95112

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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 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

Become a Partners in Reading Volunteer Tutor

Share your reading and writing skills to enrich the lives of adults in San José. We provide free training, learning materials and resources. Learn how to change an adult's life.

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 coaches to teach basic computer skills and shows 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.

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.