1 in 8 adults in Kalamazoo County struggle to read.

These adults struggle to read to their children, fill out a job application or understand medical information. But you can make a difference in their lives and your community.

Join us for Family Literacy Day on Wednesday, July 17, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Read and Seed community garden, behind the Goodwill building at 420 E. Alcott St! 

family literacy day

Oliver james in kalamazoo

The KLC partnered with Kalamazoo Public Library to bring motivational speaker and TikTok star Oliver James to Kalamazoo for a series of speaking engagements. Oliver has been teaching himself to read, with the support of thousands on social media. We were thrilled to host him at our site at Goodwill Industries where he met with a group of adult learners. He shared his journey of struggle and triumph and heard about their experiences with literacy and life. It was a very special moment for everyone! 

To see more of Oliver’s journey learning to read, follow him on TikTok: @oliverspeaks1. 

Adult learner success story

become a tutor

We’d like to invite you to join online tutor training with the Kalamazoo Literacy Council! In this training, you will learn effective strategies and techniques for teaching adults with low literacy, whether they’re native English speakers or English language learners. Our services help strengthen reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension skills so adult learners can reach their full potential as parents, employees, and community members. We have immediate availability for classroom assistants and basic literacy one-on-one tutors. Volunteer hours are flexible and we supply free books, materials, and ongoing support.

With just a few hours a week, you can help change someone’s life. To sign up for in person or online tutor training, call Abbey at (269) 382-0490 ext. 219 or email aweathers@kalamazooliteracy.org.  

KLC in the media

May 15, 2024
Early Childhood Education and Staffing the Child Care Center
Forbes’ Michael Bernick writes about the Edison ECE Career Pathway and how it’s driving workforce development at the neighborhood level.  

May 15, 2024
Career Pathway Initiative Creates Alignment Around Prosperity
A profile with statistics showing the impact of the Edison ECE Career Pathway, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.   


April 23, 2024
Kalamazoo needs reading tutors more than ever but they are in short supply
Michael Evans and SLD Read CEO Kristin Potts sat down with WMUK’s Nicole Morehouse to discuss the need for volunteer tutors.

April 18, 2024
An Edison Dreamery: Trained childcare staff employed at early education centers across Kalamazoo
A profile from Second Wave Media on the Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway featuring Lawonda White, program participant and KLC adult learner. 






February 8, 2024
Black mason broke barriers, laid first building blocks for learning at Western
An article showcasing the outstanding efforts of Dr. Karika Parker and the Edison Resident Scholars to bring recognition to Albert White, builder of the iconic Heritage Hall and other Kalamazoo area landmarks. 

January 8, 2024
KLC partners with Wax Wings Brewing Co. for a FUNdraiser during Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week
Wax Wings will donate $1 from each purchase of their delicious Kalamazoo Skyline IPA to the KLC from January 12-21. Then on Sunday, January 21, we will have a family friendly event to kick off our 50th anniversary celebration. 3:00-5:00 p.m. at 3480 Gull Rd. in Kalamazoo. Join us! 

December 14, 2023
From litter to literacy: Trail and playstreet coming to Edison celebrate nature and reading
Second Wave Media’s Mark Wedel profiles the new Literacy Lane and the incredible work of the Edison Resident Scholars. 

August 17, 2023
Public Media Network’s Neighborhood Voices segment features Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest!

August 5, 2023

Kalamazoo Literacy Council hosts “Scrabble Fest” to raise funds and awareness for adult literacy.
Nearly 100 players gathered to celebrate literacy and play in the city’s only Scrabble tournament fundraiser. Thanks to all of our sponsors and attendees for a wonderful event! 

July 6, 2023 
Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest supports literacy
Executive Director Michael Evans and Kito Jumanne-Marshall promote the 12th annual Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest. 


May 19, 2023
Family Literacy Days start today in Kalamazoo 
The KLC’s Kamaria Nichols and Kito Jumanne-Marshall join WOOD TV’s EightWest morning crew.



June 29, 2022
Nothing happens by itself
KVCC’s ValleyHUB is the champion of Southwest Michigan’s local food system. This blog post features KLC Executive Director Michael Evans and Kym Hollars, Adult Education and Training Manager at Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, and profiles Family Literacy Days in the Read and Seed community garden and outdoor classroom. The article also highlights the many ways KLC and KVCC work together, from planting, to internships, to developing career pathways.  

February 10, 2022
Language barrier key to welcoming refugees
English skills make accessing services and work opportunities easier – and widens the circle of support for processing trauma. 



November 18, 2021
WMU formalizes partnership with Kalamazoo Literacy Council
Dr. Edward Montgomery formally announced the partnership during his welcome address at the 2021 Adult Literacy Research and Training Symposium.

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