The Central Library and all of the neighborhood libraries offer materials to help adult new readers improve their reading skills. These materials include simplified versions of popular mystery and adventure novels, biographies, materials for improving job and parenting skills, and basic books on mathematics and science. Among these are materials on teaching and learning English as a Second Language (ESL), for adults new to this country. Teachers of ESL and basic literacy will also find teachers' guides in our collections. Many local organizations provide literacy tutoring and English literacy tutoring. The South Madison Library also offers writing assistance and Spanish-language assistance.
The following organizations offer literacy tutoring or English literacy tutoring:
- America's Literacy Directory
A national resource for finding literacy classes in communities thorughout the United States
- Literacy Network (Formerly: Madison Area Literacy Council)
Information for tutors and learners.
- Wisconsin Literacy
A non-profit educational organization, the Wisconsin Literacy site provides a "statewide directory of adult literary service providers and information on how literacy affects the state's work force, families and communities. Adult literacy programs provide instruction to immigrants, refugees and other adults functioning below an eight-grade academic level."