Literacy Resource Guide
Print Collection Resources:
The FLLS system contains many resources for new readers and ESL/ESOL students. To locate materials in the catalog, search for the following subject search terms:
- High Interest—Low Vocabulary Books
- Literacy—Remedial Teaching
- New Literates’ Writings
- New Readers Press Books
- Readers (Adult)
- Readers for New Literates
JobNow™ consists of a unique suite of resources for job seekers, including access to trained career experts who provide live, one-to-one assistance. JobNow™ services include: templates, on-demand tutorials, helpful links and tips, live interview coaching, resume lab, live career assistance, eParachute, Optimal Resume, and the Adult Learning Center. The Adult Learning Center provides foundational, career-enhancing skills to adult learners through test preparation (including the TASC and the U.S. Citizenship Test) and a comprehensive academic skills center featuring live, online tutors. JobNow™ resources are available 24/7. Live services are available from 2pm-11pm; 7 days/week. Available from home. Funded by the Finger Lakes Library System with help from the Friends of Tompkins County Public Library and the NYS Adult Literacy Library Services Program.
Tumblebooks: E-Books for Kids! With this early literacy tool, kids can listen and read along to animated talking picture books. Materials are available in English, Spanish and French.
Mango Languages: Mango Languages is an easy to use online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages, including specialized ESL courses. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language to learn how to communicate.
Free Tutoring Services:
The following organizations offer free tutoring services for adults who need help reading, writing, or speaking English. Many also offer tutoring in basic computer literacy:
Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES):
BOCES sites offer many adult educational programs, including GED classes and ESL classes.
- Broome-Tioga BOCES
- Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
- Greater-Southern-Tier BOCES
- Onondaga-Madison-Cortland BOCES
- Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES
- Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES
The Family Reading Partnership is a local nonprofit which promotes early literacy through many family-oriented programs.
Adult Learning Activities, California Distance Learning Project – Use this free site to build your reading and life skills.
GCF Learn Free – Free online tutorials in reading, math, and technology
News For You – A weekly newspaper for adult learners. Read and listen online to the top current events stories each week.
New York State TASC Office – Information about how to prepare for and take the TASC, including local resources and a list of upcoming test dates.
PBS Literacy Link – Free online resources for adult learners and their teachers. Resources include tutorials for developing essential workplace skills and GED preparation.
DeskBright – Free critical business skills
DigitalLiteracy.gov – free tutorials
GCF Learn Free Technology Basics – free self-taught tutorials, including Apple/Mac devices
TechBoomers – Tutorials for the latest digital trends.