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Adult Learning Centers


Adult Learning Centers help adult students improve their communication skills in English.  We offer English classes for non-native speakers to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing.  We also offer basic literacy classes to students who speak English, but want to improve their reading and writing.

To join an Adult Learning Center class , all new students must first come to an information session. For more details, see the information session dates and the flyer (PDF) below. 

We offer two types of classes:

  • ESOL  (Non-Native Speakers only)
    ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes are for people who want to learn and improve their English. These classes focus on speaking and listening skills. Some reading and writing practice is included.
  • ABE 
    ABE (Adult Basic Education) classes are for people who speak English, but need help with their English reading and writing skills.  

Classes are held year-round. During the fall, winter, and spring cycle classes meet for 10-weeks. During the summer cycle classes meet for 4-weeks. View our academic calendar below for more information.

 Spring 2016 Information Sessions ( will be posted soon)




Major Support for the Library's adult literacy, English language programs and technology training is provided by the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development; Arthur W. Koenig; The Pasculano Foundation; The Lois M. Collier Endowment Fund; The JPB Foundation; the Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation, Inc.; and the Federal Workforce Investment Act, Title II funding administered through the New York State Education Department.

Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; Arlene and Arnold Goldstein Foundation; New York City Center for Economic Opportunity; Altman Foundation; Funding from the Mayor’s Young Men Initiative administered through the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; the Kagan Fund; New York State Coordinated Outreach Services Program; Bank of America; The Bailey Endowment for English Language Learning Programs; Airbnb; New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program; The Staten Island Foundation; Murray G. and Beatrice H. Sherman Charitable Trust; and anonymous donors.

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