Adult Literacy Program
Since 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.
Office hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00am - 1:00pm, and by appointment
– Elizabeth Sperling
The Monday evening Conversation Class and the Advanced class are off until the week of Sept. 2 (start after Labor Day). The Tuesday classes - Conversation and Writing continue through July 24 - the last class on the July 31 will be a picnic. They will take August off and start again the week of Labor Day.
Tutor support meetings will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Wednesday, Nov. 7 each offered twice from 2-4 pm, 7-9 pm. Topics to be determined.
New Tutor Training will be held over three evenings: Monday, Oct. 8, Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Thursday, Oct. 11. Each session will be held from 6:30 - 8:45 pm.
Classes Offered through Abington Free Library - Ongoing Events for Students
Classes for English Language Learners
All students must be interviewed and tested prior to attending classes.
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.
Advanced English Conversation: for Intermediate and Advanced Students
Wednesdays 10 – noon
Ellen Grosskurth, who has extensive experience teaching English to foreign-born students.
Upcoming Events – For Literacy Volunteers
Tutor Support Meetings
Become a Literacy Volunteer
New Tutor Training Sessions
Call to register.
Opportunities to Get Involved:
Become a Literacy Volunteer – Call to register.
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.
Literacy Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and by appointment.