ADULT LITERACY - ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (ABE)
The Adult Literacy (Adult Basic Education) collection serves the adult who is learning to read and/or the adult who is learning English as a Second Language (ESL). This collection aims to assist adults achieve their education and/or communication goals.
This project was made possible by a grant from the Triad Foundation.
Books and Recordings (includes multimedia sets)
TCPL's Adult Literacy collection has English dictionaries, grammar books, current fiction, popular stories, classics, and "how-to books" written for adult learners. Audio book sets contain CDs and/or cassettes plus matching books for reading practice. Please ask at the Reference Desk if you need help locating this collection.
Searching the Catalog
The online library catalog (PowerPAC) lets you find books, recordings and other materials at the library. When you search by keyword, you can find the newest materials by clicking on the arrow next to the "Sort by" menu and selecting "Publication date." If you search by subject, try these subject headings:
- High interest -- Low Vocabulary books
- Literacy -- Remedial teaching
- New literates' writings
- Readers (Adult)
- Readers for new literates
Try these series of books. Many of them include audio disc or tape that let you listen as you follow along in the book!
The library's reference staff can show you how to search the catalog and find materials. Come to the Reference Desk or contact us anytime you need help.
2-1-1 Information and Referral Service
Phone: 211 or 1-877-211-8667
Information and Referral (I&R) maintains the a comprehensive listing of services and organizations in Tompkins County.
Family Reading Partnership
A coalition of organizations, individuals, schools, libraries and businesses that is working to create a "culture of literacy" by promoting family reading practices in the community and beyond.
Tompkins Learning Partners, Inc. (formerly Literacy Volunteers of America)
124 West Buffalo Street ~ Ithaca, New York
TLP provides tutoring services, free of charge, to local residents who need help reading, writing, or speaking English.
TST BOCES (Tompkins Seneca Tioga)
TST BOCES offers a variety of adult educational programs, including HSE/TASC classes, ESL classes and the Even Start Family Literacy Project.