Reading is an essential skill to survive in our culture, yet many people lack these basic reading and language skills.
In 2008, The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation created


 Through May 2017, Priority Literacy was a free program at the Fort Worth Library designed to encompass the four English language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

The program helped adults in the following ways:
• Provided one-to-one tutoring for adult participants at no charge
• Tailored to individual participant’s needs
• Occurred at a public library

Student and Tutor Profile

The following testimonial from student Marisol Arceo and tutor Joan Russey demonstrates the strong bond that can develop in the one-to-one instructional setting; such bonds facilitate success.

Marisol can find no words to describe her feelings of gratitude toward her tutor, who makes her feel important and special. She feels blessed to have participated in Priority Literacy.

Joan admires Marisol for her independence. She brings written stories to class about her family and friends, which then leads to lessons on corrections, reading, and the proper pronunciation of words. Marisol is a very dedicated student because she wants to be able to communicate with her children’s teachers.