Literacy Resource Guide

Literacy Resource Guide

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FLLS Resources

Print Collection Resources:

The FLLS system contains many resources for new readers and ESL/ESOL students. To locate materials in the catalog, visit and search for the following subject terms:

  • High Interest—Low Vocabulary Books
  • Literacy—Remedial Teaching
  • New Literates’ Writings
  • New Readers Press Books
  • Readers (Adult)
  • Readers for New Literates

Online Resources:

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. 

TumbleBook Library: 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.

Local Resources

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.

Early Literacy:

The Family Reading Partnership is a local nonprofit which promotes early literacy through many family-oriented programs.


Adult Literacy

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 HSE/TASC™ Test – New York State selected the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) to replace the General Educational Development (GED®) as the primary pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma effective January 2, 2014. Information about how to prepare for and take the TASC, including local resources and a list of upcoming test dates.

USA Learns – 100% free English classes: Learn English speaking, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing and grammar.

Digital Literacy

DigitalLearn – If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Microsoft Digital Literacy – Learn how to effectively use devices, software, and the Internet to collaborate with others and discover, use, and create information.

GCF Learn Free Technology Basics – free self-taught tutorials, including Apple/Mac devices

TechBoomers – Tutorials for the latest digital trends.

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