Adult Literacy

Local economic development and businesses depend on a skilled and literate workforce, yet 12 percent of adult Davidson County residents lack basic reading and comprehension skills and many do not have a high school diploma or GED certificate. In addition, there are growing numbers of adults that are unemployed or need access to the proper supports and learning opportunities to acquire English language proficiency.

Nashville Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program connects community need with a wealth of education resources. We serve many types of adult learners:  those who wish to improve their reading abilities; people learning computer skills to secure a job; immigrants studying English and civics; and individuals acquiring new strategies to reach their financial goals.

The Library is Nashville’s central hub for adult literacy offerings. In partnership with more than 25 direct service organizations, NPL programs take place within our branches and out in the community, in group settings or one-on-one, and through scheduled classes or drop in sessions. More than 7,000 adults in Davidson County will benefit from instruction in the coming year.

NPL’s Adult Literacy Services Include:

  • Computer skills training ranging from familiarity with hardware and software to internet use and online safety
  • Job Labs offering the tools, training, and guidance to equip job-seekers with the skills to successfully navigate a competitive market
  • Pathways for New Americans – a series of programs and resources providing English language learning (ELL), immigration, naturalization and citizenship support
  • Free one-on-one financial counseling at library branches
  • Professional development for adult educators and partner organizations (including a bi-annual summit and regular events throughout the year)
  • Community-wide visits providing library card registration and resource training (translated for Spanish and Arabic speaking audiences)