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Literacy

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:
Main Library, First Floor
Phone: (201)547-4518

Unit Head: Darnelle Richardson

 

 

Student

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:

U.S. Citizens

  • Proof of Address
  • Social Security Card
  • U.S. Passport or Certificate of Naturalization
  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver's License or State issued I.D.
  • Proof of Income (Disability, Family First, Unemployment, Retired Benefits, Income Tax, Three Recent Pay Stubs)

Non -U.S. Citizens

  • Proof of Address
  • Social Security Card
  • Permanent Resident Card or Passport with Resident Stamp
  • Driver's License or State issued I.D.
  • Proof of Income (Disability, Family First, Unemployment, Retired Benefits, Income Tax, Three Recent Pay Stubs)

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!

 

To Donate

Thank you for supporting the Jersey City Library Literacy Program with your donation! Donate by clicking here.

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).

Becoming a tutor

If you would like to support the Literacy Program in another way in addition to or instead of through monetary donations, you may be interested in volunteering as a tutor. Literacy Tutors find their experiences with students enjoyable and rewarding. To become a tutor, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will get back to you with the dates and times of our next Tutor Training Workshop as soon as it is scheduled. Please note that there is a $40 fee for materials for this workshop.

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!

Becoming an Administrative Volunteer

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.

To become a volunteer, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know you are interested in our program. If you have an updated resume, please attach it. We will do our best to match tasks to your abilities, experience, and interests.

 

  

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Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 547-4526

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