The Jersey City Library Literacy Program provides literacy instruction for Hudson County residents aged 18 and up. Literacy Program students range from non-readers to fifth-grade-level readers. Some speak English, others do not; some are learning basic arithmetic and others are getting ready to take the TASC (formerly known as the GED Test). The program offers tutoring in Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship Preparation, and Math. Reading Horizons, a computerized phonics program based on the Orton-Gillingham method, is available for Basic Literacy and ESL students at the Main Library and some Branch Libraries.
Main Library, First Floor
Unit Head: Darnelle Richardson
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Are you having a hard time reading and writing? Do you need support in English, Math or getting ready for citizenship? Looking for help is a great start!
To become a student, call 201-547-4518 to make an appointment, and prepare the documents listed below:
Non -U.S. Citizens
There is a $20 Application Fee and a $30 Semester Fee for Literacy Program services.
The Literacy Program offers instruction in the following subjects:
Basic Literacy: Our basic literacy classes are tailored to help you improve, no matter what your current reading level.
English as a Second Language (ESL): Our ESL classes are small, dynamic, and conversational.
Citizenship Preparation: Our citizenship classes will prepare you for the interview through civics education and mock interviews. They are designed for intermediate to advanced speakers of English.
Math: Refine your math skills by studying under our talented and friendly volunteer tutors. Whether you need help in basic arithmetic or advanced algebra, this is the place for you!
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Tax-deductible contributions may be made in accordance with Sections 170(c)(1) and 170(c)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as Section 10(c)(2)(B).
Our tutors’ educational backgrounds range from high school diplomas to advanced university degrees. Tutors meet with an assigned student for at least two hours each week; the location and time of meetings are flexible, based on the tutor’s and student’s availability.
Tutors in our program sometimes lead other classes or workshops, such as Book Clubs, Movie Clubs, Career Awareness, Financial Literacy, Writing & Spelling, etc. Tutors receive a final certification after providing 50 hours of instruction in our program.
We hope to see you in our next workshop!
Literacy Program Administrative Volunteers help in the office doing Intakes (interviewing and completing paperwork for new students), updating the student calendar, contacting community organizations, promoting the Literacy Program, and doing general office work. They come two or three times a week, once a week, or even once a month.