About Us - Overview
California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) is a program of the California State Library. The mission of CLLS is to enable Californians of all ages to reach their literacy goals and use library services effectively. California has approximately 3.4 million adults with below basic literacy skills. Over 100 CLLS libraries serve nearly 20,000 adults annually in over 800 library branches and other outlets statewide. As a result, these adults are voting for the first time, reading newspapers, reading aloud to their children, and securing jobs.
The California Library Literacy Services encompasses the following programs:
- The Adult Literacy Services (ALS) provides training for volunteers who tutor English-speaking adults to improve their reading and writing skills so they can reach their potential as workers, parents, community members and life-long learners. Libraries may also provide additional family literacy services to their adult learners with children under age 5.
- The English Language & Literacy Intensive (ELLI) is a public library outreach program to improve the literacy skills and test scores of California's schoolchildren.
- Mobile Library Literacy Services (MLLS) is a program that uses mobile classrooms to deliver literacy and other services to "hard to reach" and other underserved families in many parts of the state.
- Most Recent CLLS Annual Report to the California Legislature