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Adult Literacy Department

Get the Skills you Need! GED, ESL, Microsoft IT Academy, and more!

For over 22 years, the Plainfield Public Library's Award Winning Adult Literacy Department has provided GED, ESL, and Basic Literacy Services free of charge to the residents of the Greater Plainfield area.

Due to a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor, the Adult Literacy Department is pleased to expand its existing services and is an Official Microsoft IT Academy!

Literacy Info


Services Offered

For more information about any of our programs,
please call the Literacy Office at 908-757-1111 ext. 122.

Have a suggestion for how we can serve you better? Fill out our Suggestion Form TODAY!

FREE GED and Pre-GED Test Preparation
PPL's Adult Literacy Department uses a mixture of small classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, and supplemental self-directed learning all aligned to the GED test. Classes are available at a variety of levels and time in Math, Reading, and Writing. Advance registration is required.


PPL's ESL program seeks to goal of increasing their students’ ability to participate in society be it through gaining citizenship, interacting with their children’s schools, or by obtaining job training and advancement.

PPL uses a combination of small-class instruction, conversation hours, events, one-to-one tutoring, and self-directed learning software, to help our clients receive instruction at a variety of times and in a variety of ways.

PPL also provides Citizenship Preparation classes and mock interviews for those attempting to get naturalized.

Hablamos Espanol!

Clients can make use of the Aztec software in the Job Search Assistance center to supplement and reinforce class and tutoring time in any subject be it GED or ESL. Are fractions giving you a hard time? Aztec has a unit on it. Is subject verb agreement causing you problems? Aztec has you covered. The Aztec Learning System provides a series of self-paced computer-based learning programs that combine a variety of lessons and educational materials to aid adult learners. The software is an ideal tool for remedial education to aid developing students with minimal instruction and has been used extensively in LWD learning links.

Microsoft IT Academy Courses and MOS Certification
The Plainfield Public Library is a Microsoft IT Academy. In our state of the art Job Assistance Computer Center, students will have access to Microsoft created courses to help master any of the Microsoft products.

Don’t worry if you are a novice.

Classes on Computer basics and IT Academy supplemental help are delivered in regular classes or via 1-1 help from one of our Lab Assistants.

U.S. Citizenship Test Preparation
The Literacy Volunteers of Plainfield Public Library offers classes to  prepare students for their upcoming interview and citizenship test.

Each of our clients, depending on their needs and goals is matched with a schedule and a combination of our available services after an intake and assessment process.


Plainfield Public Library is proud to be partners in adult education with:

  • American Library Association
  • Dollar General
  • Grace Episcopal Church
  • Kean University Graduate School of Education
  • Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey
  • New Jersey Department of Labor
  • Rutgers University SALSA
  • Union County One Stops
  • United Church of Christ

How Can You Help?

The Plainfield Public Library's award winning Literacy program is seeking new volunteers to tutor small ESL, Basic Literacy, and GED prep classes.

Training, curriculum, and materials are provided.

No credentials or prior experience needed.

Your minimum commitment of one hour per week means:

  • A parent will now be able to read a note from his/her child's teacher.
  • Someone will be able to apply for a job.
  • An immigrant will become a citizen.
  • You WILL change someone's life.

Tutor Application


For a schedule of Job Search Assistance Center hours and programming please go to the Computer Training page.



Student Work and Achievements

Latest News

Los Amigos Club Celebrates Halloween
The Los Amigos Club celebrated Halloween by having a "Mask Day" where the members made their own masks!

Los Amigos Mask Day

August 2013 Newsletter
Read the Adult Literacy Department's August 2013 Newsletter to learn about what is happening in the coming months.

LV-PPL Cookbook
LV-PPL is preparing a taste-tempting custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our students, tutors, patrons, staff, and all of our friends and supporters.  These cookbooks will be professionally published and are sure to be treasured for years to come! Submit your recipes today!


2013 Literacy Recognitions Awards Ceremony

New Citizens!
New Citizens and Library Director Joseph Da Rold

Literacy Awards 2013
ESOL Coordinator Stella Segura, Councilwoman Vera Graves and Library Director Joseph Da Rold

Literacy Awards 2013
Ceremony Attendees

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