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.
Location: Unit Head: Darnelle Richardson
Main Library, First Floor
Library Director: Jeffrey Trzeciak
Unit Head: Darnelle Richardson
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Lifelong Learning Resources Available for Literacy Students!
The Literacy department is temporarily closed due to the spread of COVID-19.
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!