Literacy & Outreach Services
Phone: 574-282 - 4655
Literacy & Outreach Services is a resource for individuals who may need assistance in utilizing the library due to language barriers, as well as, physical, developmental, or learning disabilities.
Upcoming Programs & Classes
Main Library - 1st Floor
- Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. It’s not a class, just an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture, and have fun in an English-only setting. Families welcome.
Call 282-4655 for more info.
Free Math Help
- Free assistance to students in primary school through college with mathematics homework
- Tutors are University of Notre Dame students who are members of Beta Alpha Psi, an honors accounting organization.
- No registration is necessary.
- Sundays, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - Dates
Feb 3, 10, 24
Mar 3, 24
April 7,14, 21, 28
Student and volunteer tutor applications are accepted in the Literacy & Outreach Services department.
Programs & Classes
- Adult Literacy: in cooperation with the Literacy Council of St. Joseph County and the South Bend Community School Corporation, provides volunteer tutors for adults who want to improve reading skills or learn English if it is not their native language. Approximately 65% of students enrolled in the library Literacy Program are learning English as a Second Language. Students and tutors meet at least 1-2 hours each week.
- GED Preparation Class: offered jointly by South Bend Community School Corporation and Literacy & Outreach Services. The class meets Monday - Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To register, please call the Adult Education Department of the School Corporation at 283-7505.
- Homebound: delivers books, magazines, videos and audiotapes to individuals who are unable to use the library because of an illness or disability.
We make house calls!
- The Homebound Service also provides library service to area nursing and residential homes for the elderly. Books are delivered by volunteers. Large Print books, newspapers and magazines are available for visually-impaired patrons. Bi-Folkal Kits contain slides with narration or a video, music, and hands-on materials designed for older adults. These kits encourage them to share their memories and experiences. Nursing homes, retirement centers, and the general public may borrow these kits.
- Physically Disabled: include videos on ADA and wheelchairs and a seated walker are available for use in the library. Literacy & Outreach Services also provides information about area agencies, schools, individuals and organizations assisting people with disabilities.
- Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: A collection of instructional, educational, and entertainment videos in sign language. (Catalog of complete collection available on request). Assistive listening devices and TTY's are available for loan. Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing patrons have access to both videos and equipment through Inter-Library Loan.
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Resource Guide
- Blind and Visually-Impaired: The library's general holdings includes an extensive Large Print book collection. A collection of Braille games is available for loan (i.e. Scrabble, Uno, Battleship). A computer with a Braille Printer is available for public use. (The Braille Printer translates words typed on a computer into Braille). Various kinds of magnifiers and a Visualtek (reading aid for magnification) are available for patrons to use.
- Literacy & Outreach Services provides applications for the State Library Talking Book Program for persons with vision impairment, physical or learning disabilities making it impossible to read printed books. The department also maintains a small Talking Book deposit collection.