Reading with confidence is a skill central to determining both our choices and chances in life.
Whether it's keeping up with the news, corresponding for work, undertaking studies, or for personal enjoyment, literacy underpins almost every aspect of our busy lives.
Through a volunteer program, the MidCoast Libraries connects tutors with people aged from eight to 75 years who are looking for support to reach their goals.
"We've enjoyed seeing so many local residents benefit from the Better Reading, Better Communities program, which has been in place for over six years," MidCoast Libraries manager, Chris Jones said.
"And, it's not only students who reap the rewards; we've had such positive feedback from our generous volunteers about the great satisfaction they get in helping someone else to learn and grow," he said.
We've enjoyed seeing so many local residents benefit from the Better Reading, Better Communities program, which has been in place for over six years.Chris Jones
Volunteer tutors should love reading, but personal skills and the desire to help others succeed are just as important.
Tutoring takes place in a one-on-one environment in the library, and hours can be tailored to meet your schedule.
Opportunities to become a volunteer tutor are now available at Forster library, with free training and on-going support.
"Our next tutor training course starts on Thursday, August 1 and involves five, half-day sessions," Mr Jones said.
"This is a free course that provides volunteers with everything they need to get started, guidance on selecting the right resources, and lesson planning tools."
Tutors are engaged as part of the MidCoast Libraries' volunteer program, and will be invited to attend regular professional development sessions to network and share ideas and learning with other tutors and library staff.
"Our libraries are a place to connect, explore, learn and enjoy, and our Better Reading, Better Communities volunteers play a pivotal role in bringing these benefits to a broad cross-section of the local community."
The free training sessions will be held at Club Forster, from 9.30am-1.30pm, Thursday, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Morning tea will be provided.
To find out more about this opportunity, visit the MidCoast Libraries regular programs page.
To express interest in becoming a volunteer tutor, call the team on 6591 7256, drop in to the Forster library, or email email@example.com before Friday, July 26.
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