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Adult Literacy

It is never too late to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills! We support literacy by providing collections, programs, and spaces for adult learners as well as their teachers and tutors.

The Literacy Collection includes:

  • English Grammar, Pronunciation, Spelling, and Writing
  • Math, Financial Literacy, Computer Skills, Life Skills
  • Short Stories and Kits (book with CD)
  • Teacher Resources - LBS & ESL


Environmental Impact

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Combine your fierce sense of competition with your love of reading!

International Literacy Day is September 8, 2018. Support Adult Literacy in the Region of Waterloo by participating in the 1st annual Reading Rumble, a team book trivia tournament for adults.

Reading Rumble Team Trivia Tournament
Saturday, September 8 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Central Library

To take part in this event, you must register to create or join a team.

Learn more: Competitors Package (pdf)

Selected Books

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Literacy Book Club Sets

Do you run an LBS or ESL book club? We have a variety of leveled readers available as book club sets. Each set contains 10 books, a CD (when available), and a dicussion guide.

Complete list of Literacy Book Club Sets (pdf)

Partnership with The Literacy Group

Kitchener Public Library partners with The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region by providing tutoring space for adult learners and their tutors at Central Library.

The Golden Oak Award

The Golden Oak Award provides an opportunity for new readers in adult literacy programs to read books chosen specifically for them. They can read the books by themselves, with their tutors, or as part of a reading group. These nominations encourage new adult readers to gain the skills to accomplish everyday tasks, as well as foster a love of reading.

Learn more about the Golden Oak Award (pdf)

Literacy in Kitchener

There are several local organizations that support adult learners:

Need more info?

To book a tour or find out more about our literacy collections, contact Aimee Jeffrey, Adult Literacy Librarian.

Call: 519.743.0271 x230