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Read, learn, connect

The Library’s Literacy Program offers basic literacy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) services to adults who struggle with reading or who want to learn English in communities across Alachua County.

How to get started:

If you know an adult who struggles with reading or who wants to learn English, ask him or her to call our Literacy Coordinator Theresa Sterling at (352) 334-3929 or help send an email to Basic Spanish is spoken at this extension.

Learners can also visit the Literacy Office at Library Headquarters located at 401 E. University Ave. in Gainesville.

One man tutoring another in a library

How it works:

  • The basic literacy program is completely confidential
  • All materials and services are free
  • Services are offered at most library branches
  • Learners and tutors meet at least once each week
  • Flexible schedules accommodate both learners and tutors
  • ESOL services are offered in leveled small group settings            

How to sign up:                       

Call the Literacy Coordinator at (352) 334-3929 to learn more about the program.               

Current tutors: Use this form to submit monthly reports.

For information about becoming a volunteer tutor or upcoming trainings, contact the Literacy Coordinator.

Image used courtesy of San José Library  

Key Contacts

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Florida Literacy State Hotline: 1-800-237-5113

Florida Literacy Coalition

250 N. Orange Avenue
Suite 1110
Orlando, FL 32801 
Phone (407) 246-7110
Fax (407) 246-7104

The National Literacy Directory is a joint effort of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the National Center for Families Learning and ProLiteracy. Find a program in any area of the United States at this site.

Literacy/Education Programs in Alachua County

GED (General Education Development) Information

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Looking for a GED program? Questions about GED classes and testing?

Below are GED programs in our community:

Santa Fe College:
GED classes
Northwest Campus

Downtown Blount Campus

Archer Campus

Alachua County Public Schools:
GED classes; testing site

Gainesville Community Ministries:
GED classes
238 SW 4th Avenue
Gainesville 32601