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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


Improve Your English Skills

Book Club Sets for Adult Literacy

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)

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)

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.

Project READ Literacy Network: Directory of Programs

It's never too late to return to school, upgrade your skills or search for another job. The directy is designed to help adults in the Waterloo and Wellington Regions find local training or empoyment programs, including literacy and basic skills training, high school credit courses, college upgrading and equivalency courses, employment services, ESL programs, and more.

Download the 2019 Directory of Programs (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