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Adult Literacy and ESOL

The Division supports adult literacy and ESOL programs at Florida libraries through resource sharing, collection development, statewide partnerships with government and nonprofit organizations, and by providing platforms for virtual discussions and peer-to-peer mentoring.

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Express Reads

Express Reads are short, engaging books with reading levels accessible to adult literacy and ESOL learners.

Express Read titles are available to Florida libraries from the State Library through ILL. Interested library staff are invited to review some or all the titles and decide whether they would like to build a similar collection at their libraries to support or jumpstart an adult literacy program.

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Express Reads Pilot Project

In this pilot project, libraries will receive a free set of Express Reads books and choose a method for sharing the books with their adult literacy learners and/or another select audience.

Feedback from the project will be used to plan for future materials, activities and trainings to support adult learning.

Adult Literacy and ESOL resources from other Florida organizations

The following support adult literacy and ESOL in Florida’s public libraries.

Florida Literacy Coalition

Florida Literacy Coalition is a statewide umbrella literacy organization that provides services and training to support providers of adult education, literacy and family literacy in Florida.

The Florida Literacy Coalition offers the following . Teacher’s guides and order forms for print copies are available on their website. 

Florida Humanities

Explore the grant opportunities available through Florida Humanities for book festivals, community engagement projects, presentations, and the English for Families program. 

Adult Literacy Programs in Florida Libraries

What kind of adult literacy programs are in Florida’s public libraries?

Check out the innovative programming, collection development and partnerships from libraries around the state.

For FY2023-24, the percentage of total costs for the Adult Learning Program financed with federal money is 67%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the project is $92,112. This program does not include any non-governmental funding.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.