PSPL Adult Tutor Registration (Volunteer)

Fill out this form to register for a Parry Sound Public Library Adult Tutor Volunteer Role

A one-on-one or small class volunteer tutor will work with either one or more English Language Learner (ELL) students to help them meet their literacy goals.  This usually involves foundational skills tutoring in reading, writing, listening, speaking, math and/or computers.  Tutoring takes place in the library or a public place on a time and date that works for both tutor and learner.  Tutors do not need to create curriculums.  Resources are provided.

Qualifications and Character Traits:

  • 18+ years of age

  • Graduation from High School (preferred)

  • Proficient and confident in reading, writing and speaking English; math and/or computers

  • Respond creatively and patiently to meet the student’s learning needs

  • Sensitive, flexible and understanding of those facing literacy challenges

  • Sensitive to different cultures and language backgrounds

  • Reliable, trustworthy, non-judgmental, patient and committed

Complete 6 hour tutor training session; participate in further training as offered.
Meet with library volunteer for an orientation re: your assigned student(s). This includes students’ goals, learning plan, and selection of resources.


Set up meeting day and time with your learner; establish a communication routine for you and your student; contact Library volunteer if you have questions, if your students is missing classes, of if you can no longer continue tutoring.
Respect and maintain confidentiality of students at all times.  Submit tutoring statistics each session.

Time Commitment:
1 hour of tutoring per week plus preparation time (about 1.5 hours per week).
Ability to tutor for at least 6 months


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Today’s Date: _____________________________________

Name: __________________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________________

Town: _____________________________  Postal Code: __________________________

Phone: ____________________________  Email: _______________________________

Gender:  ___________________________  Birthdate: ____________________________

When are you available to tutor?  Please indicate day and time, for example, Monday mornings; Saturday afternoons; anytime


We try to pair you with a student who has similar interests to yours.  Your answers to the following questions will help us to do that.

What is/was your occupation? _______________________________________________

What do you enjoy doing?  For example: crafts, being outdoors, gaming, working with animals.


What skills are you comfortable teaching? (Circle as many as apply)

Reading           Writing                        Spelling           Grammar        Pronunciation

Vocabulary      Speaking          Listening          Computer        Math

Are you interested in tutoring one-on-one, or are you interested in working with a small group of no more than 4 people?  Circle which one (s) apply.

What are you not interested in and/or able to do within this tutoring program?  (i.e. you won’t volunteer for us anymore if you have to teach or do…..)


What are you personally seeking to learn or gain from volunteering with this tutoring program?  (i.e. if they sky was the limit you would love to be able to do…..)


We provide tutor training prior to pairing you with a student.  Do you already have tutor training or tutoring experience?  If so, please tell us about it.


What other languages do you speak? _________________________________________

Do you have a valid Criminal Record and Vulnerable Persons check?  Yes____  No____

If you answered “No” – PSPL staff will provide you with the forms to have one completed.


Confidentiality Code

Individuals who come to the Parry Sound Public Library (PSPL) for help with their literacy skills do so with an expectation of and a need for privacy.  The student should be the primary source of information about themself and only information that is essential to providing service should be requested.

All volunteers and paid staff must respect the need for privacy.  Staff and volunteers are not to identify or discuss students with other tutors, family, friends, and acquaintances.  They must avoid using details about the student or the student’s life that would reveal the student’s identity.  It is important to realize that due to the close nature of our social environment, it is easy to identify people by details of their personal lives.  This code survives the period with which an individual volunteers with or works with PSPL.

Staff and volunteers must not provide other service agency personnel, including social workers, probation or employment officers, with details of the student’s progress without the written or verbal permission of the student.  All inquiries from agencies or others can be referred to a PSPL staff member.

Staff and volunteers are encouraged to talk about the PSPL Tutoring Program, to be positive literacy role models in the community and to act as ambassadors for the adult literacy program.

This code is meant to guide staff and volunteers in maintaining the privacy and dignity of the students participating in the PSPLs adult literacy program at PSPL.

I, ____________________________________ agree to the Confidentiality Code.

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Publication Consent/Release

I, ____________________________________ hereby grant permission to Parry Sound Public Library to take and use digital images and/or photographs of myself for use in various printed publications, websites to promote the Libraries programs and services including use on social media and print.  I authorize the use of these images without compensation to me.  All negatives, prints, digital reproductions shall be the property of Parry Sound Public Library.

I agree that my name may be revealed in descriptive text or commentary in connection with the image(s).  I authorize the use of these images without compensation to me.  All negatives, prints, digital reproductions shall be the property of Parry Sound Public Library.


Signature ___________________________       Date:__________________________


Email Consent

Periodically, PSPL staff will either email you program information or share your email address, as required, with your student(s) or other tutors.  This information will be emailed or shared by PSPL staff using

If I’ve circled YES, I agree, or if I’ve circled NO, I do not agree to receive PSPL program information or for the PSPL staff to distribute my email as required.

            YES                              NO