Frequently Asked Questions

How did LitNet get started?

The Literacy Network was founded in 1991 by reading and learning disability specialists, Zoë Dalheim and Peg Smith, in partnership with the Lee Library Association.  In 1995, we became an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

I'm not a teacher and I don't speak Spanish.  How can I be a tutor?

Don't worry!  LitNet is an English-immersion program.  Our goals are to help our students to communicate better in English and to be thriving members of our community.  LitNet will provide you with training, materials, and ongoing support as you work with your student.  Your skills as an English-speaker and your knowledge of our community and culture are invaluable to our students.

Where and when does tutoring take place?

Tutoring takes place at mutually convenient times and in public places.  Most tutoring happens at the Lee Library, Berkshire Community College South Campus, or the Mason Library in Great Barrington; never in the home of the tutor or student.

What is the commitment for tutors?

  • Tutors work with students at least once a week for about an hour.  Tutors and students may meet more frequently or for longer time periods, as they choose.
  • Tutors need to do a lesson plan for each session and submit a monthly progress report.

What if a tutor goes away on vacation?

We wish tutors bon voyage, and ask that they make arrangements with students, giving them assignments, etc.  For longer vacations, including those who winter in warmer places, let us know and we will try to find a substitute.

How do we pay for our “free” services?

We survive thanks to donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. We host an annual gala, which is our single-largest source of revenue for the program.

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