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The Oakville Literacy Council is a non-profit, volunteer group providing tutoring to adults in reading, writing, and basic math. The Council serves adults aged 19 and over who speak English.

Our service is:

Confidential Flexible


To learn more, watch a video featuring three of our students.





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Oakville Literacy Council - Recent News


Our 2015 Annual Used Book Sale is returning to Queen Elizabeth Community & Cultural Centre


If you’re interested in helping at the book sale, please sign up for one of the following orientation sessions:

  • Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8pm
  • Wednesday April 1, 6:30-8pm
  • Wednesday April 15, 6:30-8pm

Click here to sign up for the session that best fits your schedule

The orientation sessions take place at Woodside Library, Program Room. You'll learn important
information about:

  • Dates/times of donation and sale shifts
  • Volunteer opportunities, responsibilities and commitment required
  • How to sign up for shifts
  • How we thank you for your contribution.

We’ve got lots of different ways you can help: sorting the books as they come in, setting up for the sale,
helping out during the sale, and cleaning up when we’re done. The sorting and sale take place at QEPCCC. Make it fun - grab a friend and sign up together.


We need your gently used books! Get an early jump on your spring cleaning and put them aside for us. Unfortunately we don't have storage space just yet - donation drop-off locations will be announced shortly.

Please help us reduce costs by pre-sorting your book donations. We do not accept anything tired or torn; reference, travel, medical or computer books older than 2011; textbooks; encyclopaedias; magazines; and multimedia. When donating, think about the books you’d like to shop for.

Summer Student employment opportunity

We’re looking for a student to assist with the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year: The OLC Annual Used Book Sale. The student will assist with providing on-site support leading up to the sale and during the sale. You can read the full job description, with instructions how to apply right here.

This opportunity is ideal for students in event management, business or social service programs. Eligible students must have completed at least one year of a post-secondary program and be returning to full-time post-secondary studies in the fall of 2015.

Thank you to Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar

In December of 2014 we received a generous grant of $3,000 to help support the costs of assessing potential students and making sure they are provided a targeted program designed to help them meet their goals. You can read more about the great community work they do here.

Congratulations to our new Co-Presidents

At our recent Annual General Meeting we held elections for our board of directors and we're pleased to announce Joanne MacNair and Ken Auden have been elected to the position of Co-Presidents.

A warm thank you to Ann Bowman, our board president for the last three years. Her extraordinary hard work, her passion for adult literacy and her strong leadership ensured a focused plan for the future. We wish her the best and look forward to her guidance as past-president.

Introduction to Computers - learn the basics!

Our popular Introduction to Computer class for adults is returning in January. In this small-group, 10-week course you'll learn the basics, including keyboarding, the Windows® operating system, MicrosoftWord®, file management, email, and internet searching.

If you are interested in learning more about this course, please call the office at


Fall Volunteer Tutor Training

We had a great response! We're glad to see so many people interested in helping improve the lives of adults through improved literacy.

Soon, our newly-matched tutors will be partnered with students looking to improve their job opportunities, or to finish high school and continue their education.

Check out our newest TV star!

Our Program Manager, Amelia Steinbring recently appeared on Cogeco TV's, FYI show. Watch her talk about all the services we offer.

Watch here





Literacy Lesson Video


Watch this story about how we help, as televised on TVCOGECO.

Click PLAY to listen if you want to improve your reading or writing.

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