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November 1, 2014

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Get Help : Literacy & ESL

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Literacy & ESL

How does the Library promote adult literacy?

The Literacy Collection includes books, cassettes, videos and CDs for adults to improve their reading, writing and math skills. Learners can use some items on their own while other items are intended for use with a tutor.


The collection also includes materials on:

  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation
  • Parenting
  • Basic life skills

Classes and community organizations that serve adult basic skills and ESL students can tour the Central Library.


These tours focus on:

  • Using the Library
  • Getting a Library card
  • Locating items and services
  • Using Library resources to help with job searching
  • Improving basic skills

Where can I find these resources?

The Literacy, ESL and World Languages area is located on Level 1 of the Central Library. Call 206-386-4661 for more information.


See the Literacy/ESL Calendar for a list of upcoming classes and events.

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