The Youth Literacy Program

“Opening the Door to Reading for Children in the Rockbridge Area.”

Reading Mentors/Tutors Needed!

Jean Woodson tutors Chase Pooley at the Rockbridge Regional Library.

Volunteering to be a Reading Tutor

Trained tutor/mentors work with elementary-age students who are struggling with reading. They find fun ways to encourage students’ interest in reading and help them improve their reading skills. Students are referred through their schools and participate in tutoring with the permission of their parents. All services are free of charge.

Volunteer tutors receive training in the fall and commit to tutoring once a week for about an hour throughout the school year (not including vacations and holidays). Lesson planning takes about 30 minutes per session. Prior teaching experience is not required. A high school diploma and attendance at the three training sessions provide tutors with the tools they need to be effective.

Tutors and students agree on what days of the week they will meet and at what times, usually during the school day or immediately after school. Students and tutors meet at school or in the Rockbridge Regional Library.

For more information about becoming a tutor, call or write Lenna Ojure, Youth Literacy Coordinator, Rockbridge Regional Library, 138 S Main Street, Lexington, VA (540) 463-4324, X 105,

Children Needing Tutors

If you feel your child would benefit from tutoring, please contact the counselor at your child’s school for more information. All referrals for tutoring are arranged through the schools. Homeschoolers should contact Lenna Ojure, the coordinator of the Youth Literacy Program, directly by email,, or by phone at 540-463-4324, ext. 105.

Websites for Kids

PBS Kids

Contact Us

Youth Literacy Program
Rockbridge Regional Library
138 South Main Street Lexington, VA 24450

Lenna Ojure:
(540) 463-4324, ext. 105

The Youth Literacy Program is supported in part by the United Way and grants from Washington & Lee University and the Community Foundation of Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany Counties.

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