Alliance for Literacy

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library established the Alliance for Literacy in 1985, building on the volunteer efforts of area literacy providers.  In 2012, Goodwill Industries expanded services with an AmeriCorps grant and is the contact point for those adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, math, and computer literacy skills.  GoodSkills works closely with the Adult Education Program in Planning District 16.

Reference staff at the CRRL are available to area tutors and adult educators to answer questions and find materials as needed.  A small collection of learning and resource materials is available at all of our branches in addition to those resources featured below.

Tutor Training
Volunteers should contact Shanna Boutchyard at 540-371-3070 for more information about how to begin the training.

Students - Where to Start
Adult students, 18 years old and older, who want to improve their reading, writing, and/or math skills may contact Shanna Boutchyard at 540-371-3070 for more information.   She or her GoodSkills staff will set up a time to meet with the student to do a short assessment to figure out the best starting place for that student.  She will find out when the student can meet with a tutor or if the student prefers to enter a class.  If the student wants to work with a tutor one-to-one, she will contact a tutor who is available during the same time the student is.  If students have any questions, they may call the number above. 

The GoodSkills program will use the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)  to determine what skills a student needs to work on and what materials to use for each student.  Tutors and students will meet at least once a week one-to-one or in small groups.  

English Classes (ESOL)
English classes are offered by the Regional Adult Education program September through May.  Contact their office at 540-898-8165 for more information.

A number of area churches also offer English classes, some are offered all year.  You can find out more by calling the Regional Adult Education office.

GED Testing
Students and tutors who have questions about the GED should visit Germanna's GED Testing Center for test dates, registration info, and more.

Please note: Children 21 and under who are still associated with a public school should contact their school for academic tutors.


The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center is a rich source of information for volunteer tutors.  Check out their Important Links section.  Staff at the Center have also created videos for volunteers available on YouTube

Thinkfinity is a project sponsored by Verizon, ProLiteracy, and the National Center for Family Literacy.  The site offers free training on a variety of topics for volunteers as well as educational resources, lesson plans, and activities for all ages. 

One of our area tutors said she learned about Reading Skills for Today's Adults at a conference and has found it extremely useful.  She says, "It has short reading passages written for ESL/Adult learners about everyday topics, [including questions].  You can read them online and do timed exercises, or you can select the box “Print the Stories” and use the printed version in your tutor sessions.  The readings are arranged by reading level."

The Library subscribes to several premium databases that might be helpful to you and your students.   The Testing and Education Reference Center, which includes GED and U.S. Citizenship test practice, and job skills assessment through ACT WorkKeys is a good resource for current study guides and practice tests. Help Now is an online tutoring service, free with your CRRL library card, and it is available from 2:00-11:00 every day.  Find out more about their services - click on the Adult Learner link.