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Adult Learning in the Library (ALL)

Listing Last Update: April 9, 2016


6907 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626

Primary Contact

Lindsay Crammond

(773) 387-5902

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills

Program Overview

Literacy Works trains tutors and teachers at community-based adult learning programs throughout Chicago. Currently, ourstate has suspended funding for these programs because of a budget impasse. As a result, many are closing or cutting services. To help students from affected agencies practice/learn new skills, Literacy Works will coordinate learning opportunities in public libraries. Beginning in early 2016, we will be in the Rogers Park and Albany Park branches of the library. Trained volunteers will be available two days per week at each branch to work with learners on speaking English and/or practicing reading, writing, and math. We may also be able to match learners with a tutor. This is a drop-in program for anyone interested in improving their skills. Simply show up in the library and let the librarian know you are there for Literacy Works' services. Hours of operation will be available on our website,, before the end of the year. You can also call (773) 387-5902.

Mission Statement

Literacy Works' mission is to strengthen adult literacy, parent education, and workforce development programs by developing and providing innovative training and knowledge-sharing opportunities for professionals and volunteers.

Literacy Works' vision is that one day, all people will be able to realize their full potential through the ability to read, write, and interpret the world. This ideal inspires our team and drives our work.

Hours of operation: TBD

Cost info: N/A

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Quote from a volunteer tutor trained by Literacy Works: "I have learned how important literacy truly is and how each and every person, no matter the age, the circumstance, the gender, the disability - no matter what - every single person deserves the chance to learn and grow in knowledge. I have learned that I truly enjoy helping people, empowering individuals, and giving them the confidence and encouragement that they can do anything."

Quote from an adult learner: "I learned to be more open...I feel like I was shy, but I learned to open up and make new friends...I'm doing [GED preparation classes] not just for me, but for my teenagers...My motivation is my family...I'm ready to shine."

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

The ALL Program is new, and we do not yet have metrics for it.

We expect to work with 40 students per week, primarily ESL learners who are immigrants or refugees.

For Literacy Works' training services, each year we:

-Train more than 600 volunteer tutors plus 150 professionals to work with close to 4,000 adult learners. These learners are 99% low income and have an average reading level of 5th grade. They are 65% female; 35% male, and their average age is 38. The racial/ethnic composition is: 28% Black,African
American or of African Descent; 22% Asian; 6% Caucasian or White; 37% Hispanic or Latino; and 7% Other.

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