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The Mission of Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy is to develop the literacy skills of adults to empower them to achieve greater success in their lives - at home, at work and in the community.

Since its inception in 1986, Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy has offered free, one-on-one tutoring and small group classes in basic literacy, to adults who live or work in the Newport Beach area.  The program is open to adults, over 18 years-of-age, who are either native English speakers with low literacy skills or those who learned English as a second language.


Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy employs two part time staff.  The majority of support and tutoring is done by a dedicated volunteer base.  Find out how to become a volunteer.


The program is sponsored, in part, by the State of California and the City of Newport Beach.  However, most of our funding comes individual support and from local businesses that are committed to making a difference.  How you can help support Literacy Services.

Or make a donation online now through the NBPL Foundation.

(Note: To earmark your donation for our program, please type "For Literacy" in the Comments section of the donations page).


Literally Speaking is the quarterly newsletter of the Literacy Services program.

Advisory Board

Jason Brady, President

Kathryn Besch, Vice President

Reginald Peterson, Treasurer

Karen Letterman, Secretary

Marnalee Lopez, Student Liaison

Seema Ali

Todd Crabb

Roman Darmer

Nancy Englebrecht

Carol Hazelwood*

Eve-Marie Kuntzman

Gail McIntosh*

Carolyn Scheer*

Amy Tan

Cherall Weiss, Literacy Coordinator

Francine Jacome, Literacy Assistant

*Honorary member


Advisory Board Meetings

Location: Conference Room, Central Library
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Dates: Second Tuesday, every odd month

The public is invited to attend all board meetings

2014 Meeting Dates: January 14, March 11, May 13, July 8, September 9, November 18


Major Corporate/Foundation Sponsors

City of Newport Beach

Friends of the Newport Beach Library

Kling Family Foundation

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation

Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary

Pacific Life Foundation

Pacific Western Bank

State of California

Toyota Motor Sales, USA

Union Bank Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

Windes & McClaughry

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Local Business In-Kind Support

Aquarium of the Pacific

Newport Physical Therapy

Port Theater

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Zinc Cafe & Market

Major Individual Sponsors

Anonymous Donors

Sandy Beckman

Margaret Gates

Carol Hazelwood

Ryan Heath

Jai Bok Kim

Mrs. & Mr. Tiare Meegan

Christopher Poole

Carol Preusch

Carolyn Scheer Luce


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