TVLA: Adult Literacy and Learning in the Peterborough Region


The Trent Valley Literacy Association (TVLA) helps adults in Peterborough city and county acquire the literacy, numeracy, and computer skills they need to live and work successfully in the community. We’re a registered charity: a proud member of the Peterborough United Way.

Trent Valley Literacy Association Philosophy and Programs

As a community-based nonprofit organization, TVLA helps adults build essential literacy skills by bringing together learners, volunteers and staff to explore skills that will meet learners’ personal and work-related needs. We begin by assessing a student’s literacy level and other basic skills. Once we understand the learner’s situation, we help him or her set realistic goals that meet the his or her needs and objectives.

After setting goals, students begin of our programs:

We provide the essential skills students need to successfully live and work in the community. In addition, TVLA works with community organizations such as LOCS, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and Sir Sandford Fleming College to provide access to a wide ranging of learning opportunities, from other essential skills classes to post-secondary programs.

Volunteering with TVLA

Trent Valley Literacy Association relies on volunteer tutors to provide one to one tutoring and help in the classroom. We teach every volunteer to help through a tutor training program that recognizes reading as a process — not a single activity. The training program covers a broad range of relevant topics including learning styles, learning disabilities, and social issues that contribute to literacy problems in our community.

Memberships and Affiliations

See our Sponsors, Partners and Outreach page for an additional list of organizations with work with.

TVLA closes early Wednesday, July 17th & Thursday, July 18th

Please be advised that we will be closing our building at 1 PM today due to the extreme heat & Environment Canada advisories.

At this time TVLA will also be closing our offices early tomorrow Thursday, July 18th.  We will be closing early tomorrow afternoon due to weather forecasts that predict record high temperatures.  The office will remain open till 3 PM.  Unfortunately, TVLA lacks air conditioning.

We will try to call all scheduled student and tutor groups. If you are not contacted, please note that we will still be closed after 3 on that day!

Morning & early afternoon sessions up until 3 PM will not be affected, and will run as usual.

Our hours will return to normal on Friday (we will be open until 1 PM as usual), Monday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and beyond, with all programs running normally.

Drink plenty of water, eat lightly, stay in the shade and don’t sweat too much!

Dine for Literacy July 10, 2013!

On July 10th between 5 PM and midnight, local restaurant and tap room St. Veronus will donate 25% of their sales to TVLA!

At the corner of Hunter and Water Street, St. Veronus has become a down-town Peterborough institution, known for its inspired cuisine and select European beers. Owner Roland Hosier took the initiative last year. He suggested, planned and promoted the event. We’re extremely grateful for his help not only as a way to assist TVLA, but to promote the cause of adult literacy in our community.

Drop by St. Veronus on Wednesday, July 10th to enjoy great food and if you like, excel-lent beer. Members of TVLA’s staff and board plan to be on hand to celebrate the occasion and answer any questions you may have.