An estimated 36% of Adult New Yorkers are at level one literacy skills about one and a half is functionally illiterate. That means that they cannot read a prescription label, newspaper or fill out a job application. An additional 25% of Queens residents do not speak English.
The Queens Library’s Adult Learner Program (ALP) provides services, resources, and life-long learning opportunities to the changing communities of Queens. In addition to our core initiatives, ALP offers Adult Learning Resources for students and educators, including the ESOL Referral List; Learn to Read programs and activities for beginning to mid-level adult readers; and Pre-HSE Classes for adults who speak English and want to improve their reading and math skills in preparation for HSE classes.
There are seven Adult Learning Centers, with full-time professional staff and volunteers who tutor literacy groups and facilitate English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) conversation groups. Centers also offer Basic Adult Education (ABE) classes, video groups, writing groups, technology-assisted instruction, as well as ongoing tutor training provided by professional staff.
Adult Learning Centers
For at-risk youth (ages 16 to 24) who have left school without the necessary reading, writing and math skills for a Pre-HSE class.
Approximately 100 ESOL classes are offered each year at 28 Queens Library locations.
For information about other ESOL classes in Queens, please click here.
Two Alternative Pathways to your High School Equivalency Diploma!
For information about getting your High School Equivalency diploma, please click here.
For information about NEDP (National External Diploma Program), please click here.
Do You Want to Volunteer to be a Literacy Tutor or ESOL Facilitator?
Volunteer and give the gift of reading, help us break down language barriers and open doors to learning and literacy - by becoming an Adult Literacy Tutor or ESOL Conversation Facilitator. For additional information, please click here, or contact Shelley Ennett, Adult Learner Program Volunteer Advisor, at 718-480-4270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Adult Learner Program, please contact:
Diosdado G. Gica, EdD
Director of Learning and Literacy
Queens Library, Library Services