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Arlington Public Library

Listing Last Update: October 5, 2020

Primary Contact

Melissa Jeffrey

(817) 459-6912

libarlingtonreads@arlingtontx.gov

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen
  • To improve my workforce skills

Instruction Type

  • Computer

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Program Overview

How Can You Move Ahead with Adult Ed? Adult education programs offer you an onramp to a better job and further education. We currently are providing instruction online and in person. CDC guidelines and sanitation protocols are in place for in-person instruction to ensure a safe learning environment.

For our English language learners, we offer levelled classes to learn English as well as ESLP, where we help certify overseas credentials for our internationally trained professionals.

You can also start with basic classes in reading and move on to a class that prepares you to earn your high school equivalency and then into a career training program. If you already have your high school diploma or equivalency, you can go right into one of our career training programs. #moveaheadwithadulted

Career training programs currently include healthcare (CNA, phlebotomy, and EKG), office/IT skills (Excel MOS and CompTIA A+ certifications), and truck driving (CDL). These are free to qualifying students.

Mission Statement

Our Vision

To be our community's best and most sought after resource for information, learning, and discovery.

Our Mission

To open doors to a world of ideas, information, and imagination, thereby enhancing the economic, social, and cultural vitality of our diverse community.

To guide our work with each other and with the community, we value:

  • Responsive customer service
  • Learning opportunities for all ages
  • Our community's diversity
  • Welcoming physical and virtual environments
  • Teamwork and community partnership
  • Introducing children and adults to the joys and rewards of reading
  • Customer confidentiality
  • Technology that enhances our vision
  • Bringing library resources into the community
  • Integrity and accountability

Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday Closed; Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday closed

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Jimmy has been an off and on student with the Arlington Reads High School Equivalency (formerly GED) program since 2014. By his own admission, he had many difficulties growing up and getting his diploma was always a goal of his, though it was a circuitous path which eventually brought him to Arlington Reads. Despite past and present difficulties, Jimmy stuck with it, never giving up!

He passed the Language Arts, Science and Social Studies tests fairly quickly but Math proved to be more difficult. It was almost a year and a half later, after passing his first three tests, that Jimmy passed math and earned his diploma.

"It was such a happy moment," Wilson said.

He hand-wrote thank you cards to all of the different volunteer teachers and staff that helped him along the way, and delivered them when he picked up his printed certificate. "I'm so thankful for everyone's help, I couldn't have done it without you guys."
What's next for Jimmy? Well, he plans on attending dental hygienist school through TCC.

"I also considered getting my real estate license, but becoming a dental hygienist seems like a more sure bet. I'm 45 and I'm starting a whole new life now."

Jimmy hopes that his difficulties and his positive personal growth will be inspirational to others. He's writing a memoir about his life, and is already over 10,000 words in.

"Life always has a way of getting in the way, but I hope that I can inspire others with my story."

Jimmy wants others to know that hope is alive and well, through Arlington Reads.

Program Status:
Active