What is The Literacy Center at Mount Vernon Public Library?
Since 1972 the Mount Vernon Public Library has provided free, confidential, one-to-one tutoring in Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to the Mount Vernon community, as well as surrounding communities. It is the first public library in the United States to house and support a literacy program. We also conduct extensive outreach to the Mount Vernon community, community agencies, and religious institutions to promote awareness of literacy, ESOL, and other available educational programs. Anyone who is over 16 years of age and no longer in the public school system, and who lacks basic reading or conversational English skills can benefit from one-to-one or small group tutoring in Basic Literacy or English for Speakers of Other Languages.
How does the Literacy Center serve learners?
The Literacy Center helps adults who need to improve their English communication skills find tutoring assistance at the library. Initial screenings take place in the Literacy Center office. Students are interviewed, tested and matched with an appropriate tutor. Learners meet with their tutors at the Mount Vernon Public Library where tutoring space, computer workstations, materials, on-site support services, and the Library's vast resources are readily available.
Who are Literacy Center tutors?
Literacy Center tutors are recruited form all walks of life, and are trained to assist learners with the basic reading and conversational English skills necessary to survive in the 21st century.
Who are Literacy Center learners?
Literacy Center learners are a segment of the more than 50,000 adults in Westchester County who lack the necessary English communication skills they need to be successful in their daily lives.
You may contact coordinator Nancy Fitch at the Mount Vernon Public Library Literacy Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (914) 668-1840 ext. 238