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Adult Literacy Program

Adult Literacy at Abington Free Library 2014Since 1984, our program has been training volunteer tutors to help both native English-speaking students and foreign-born students improve their English literacy skills.  We also have tutors who assist adults students with math and other subject areas to help prepare them to take the GED or other tests. 

We also provide classes for English language learners throughout the year.  Please call or email for a schedule. Click here for the schedule so far.

Over 100 volunteer tutors are currently working with 195 students through the Literacy Program.  Because of the high demand for in our area, we always need new tutors.  We provide training and materials.   If you’d like to volunteer through our program, please either contact us, or fill out the  Volunteer Application form, online in a PDF and drop it off at the Library.

Please contact  Abington Free Library Adult Literacy at 215-885-5183 or email ablit1@yahoo.com

Office hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00am - 1:00pm, and by appointment 

– Elizabeth Sperling


Adult Literacy Class at Abington Free Library 2015 Classes Offered through Abington Free Library -  Ongoing Events for Students

Classes for English Language Learners

Improve your English while learning about U.S. culture and government.

Conversation Classes for Beginning and Intermediate Students:

Mondays 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
 A team of teachers including Beverly Willet, Donna Hower, and John Fontain lead an interactive class for non-native English speakers. 

Tuesdays 10:30 – noon
 Gerrie Greene, Bruce Brownell, Andrea Shafron and Erika Witt teach this supportive group class utilizing activities to encourage students to practice and improve their English skills.


Writing Class: All levels
Tuesdays 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Students are encouraged to express their ideas and practice writing with Bruce Brownell, retired English teacher.   

For Literacy Volunteers:

A Tour of Online Resources
with tutor and retired high school librarian, Denice Bohl
Monday, April 10, 2-4 pm and Monday, April 24, 7-9 pm.

HiSet – the new High School Equivalency Test
Thursday, May 11, 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm

Annual Student and Tutor Recognition Reception
Always a special evening – Wednesday, June 7, 7-9 pm 

Advanced English Conversation: for Intermediate and Advanced Students

Wednesdays 10 – noon
Ellen Grosskurth, who has extensive experience teaching English to foreign-born students.  

Adult Literacy English Conversation Class

Opportunities to Get Involved:

Become a Literacy Volunteer – Look for future Tutor Trainings.
Become a Fundraising Volunteer - Help with our on-going fundraising efforts - Join a small group of dedicated volunteers to review funding opportunities and write grant applications. Grant writing experience preferred, but not required. 

For more information, please stop by the Literacy Office or contact us at 215-885-5183 or ablit1@yahoo.com.

Literacy Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and by appointment.


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