Can you imagine how you’d feel if you couldn’t read:

To your child or help him/her with homework?
Street signs or maps?
Job ads or job application forms?
Directions on labels?

Today, scores of non-readers from the more than 45,000 adults with literacy challenges in the Peoria area are learning to read at Common Place, thus increasing their changes for a job or improved quality of life.
Various opportunities are available to help adults learn:

  • Adult reading and writing classes with an individual tutor or in small groups
  • Math classes
  • Pre-GED and GED Study
  • Commercial driver’s license and Rules of Road study
  • Supplemental computer-assisted instruction
  • Cooking and sewing classes.
  • Book club, Peoria Reads!, and other special interest activities


You can help one person change his or her life by teaching that person how to read! Tutors are provided with an initial training workshop and later in-service training events. Students and tutors meet twice each week for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours each time. Classes are scheduled at the convenience of tutor and adult learner. Consultation with staff is provided on the best method and materials to use. A large selection of materials is on hand. Many learners and tutors meet at COMMON PLACE, but some meet in other churches and libraries around Peoria. In addition to 1-on-1 learning, COMMON PLACE provides small group and other learning opportunities.

Please call us Common PLACE 674-3315, to volunteer! Or if you would prefer to make a donation to help support this life-changing program, your tax-deductible gift will be gratefully received.

“This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.”

4 Comments to “Adult Learning”

  1. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your website provided us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done
    an impressive job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

  2. I think that it is amazing that there are schools for adults are starting to arise for people who have had literary challenges and other challenges that made it hard for them to be able to do everyday tasks. Because these programs are starting to come up more and more people are going to be able to receive the education that they always wanted and they are going to be able to portray the importance of an education to their children. I know that my mom has multiple friends who have literary challenges so I am going to pass this article on to her.

  3. I would like to see if I could continue my GED courses online through your facility due to not having a valid driver’s license, this would be more convenient and beneficial to me obtaining my goal. i also have a friend who is willing to tutor me throughout the process. Please contact me via email @ (my tutor’s email) or via phone 309-566-9934 (my cell). Secondary phone @ (309) 863-2191.

    Thank you,

    Aaron Smith

    1. Common Place does not have online courses. Please call Wayne Cannon at 309-674-3315 to enroll in our Adult Literacy Program. Thank you!

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