204 Boston Road
Springfield MA 01109

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The purpose of Read/Write/Now is to help adults living in the greater Springfield area to achieve their basic education goals as family members, workers and community members. We provide an adult basic education program at no cost to participants. Our program promotes self-directed learning by recognizing and valuing the strengths and knowledge that adults bring to learning.

We believe that adults learn best in an environment that reflects their diverse backgrounds with a curriculum that emerges from the interests and goals of the learners themselves. In addition to adult basic education classes, learners can join the Student Council and participate in leadership training as well as being part of Read/Write/Now’s Advisory Committee. Volunteer opportunities are available as classroom assistants at RWN. Call us at 413-263-6839 to find out more.

Read/Write/Now is sponsored by the Springfield City Library and funded by grants from the Massachusetts Department of Education – Adult and Community Learning Services and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, as well as other public and private funds. We are committed to networking with agencies and resources in the larger community to assist learners and their families to meet their literacy goals.

Upcoming Program

Library Express at Pine Point
July 11 – September 6
Wednesdays | 4 – 6 PM

A new round of Free Citizenship Classes begins on July 11 for 10 weeks. The Read/Write/Now Center will provide the study materials and instructional support. Please contact Rae Holmes us for more information at 413-263-6839 or email rholmes@springfieldlibrary.org

These classes are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Springfield Adult Basic Education Directory

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A directory of educational resources for adults and out-of-school youth for Basic Literacy, Pre-GED, GED, English as a Second Language, Transition to College, MCAS help for out-of-school youth, & Family Literacy.


Special Projects

Learning is Power (2006)

The 17 minute video “Learning is Power” (available for viewing on YouTube), along with a calendar entitled “It’s Never Too Late to Learn” were created in the Spring 2006 by the B-Ball team (Becoming a Better Adult Learner & Leader). Both items were made to share what the team discovered about what helps adults stick with it when they decide to go back to school to work on basic skills. We have found that sharing the calendars and the video serves multiple purposes, including helping us recruit new learners and potential volunteers. They also help increase the understanding of the general public about what adult basic education is and how important it is for people to have a second chance at learning.

Volunteer Opportunities

For more information about volunteering, contact Raeshaun Holmes, Volunteer Coordinator of Read/Write/Now by calling 413-263-6839 or by email at rholmes@springfieldlibrary.org. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the Tutor Application Springfield Literacy Volunteers form. Volunteers receive training before being matched with students as well as support, materials, and suggestions for instruction once they begin tutoring.

Literacy Volunteers

Springfield Literacy Volunteers is a program sponsored by the Springfield City Library, offering individualized instruction in English as a second language or basic literacy to support adults in our community so they can achieve their goals as parents, workers, and community members. Springfield Literacy Volunteers is primarily funded by a grant from the United Way of Pioneer Valley with additional support from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation.

ABE Basic Literacy Tutors

Teach reading and writing to English speaking adults. Tutoring is done one-to-one.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

ESOL tutors teach conversational English to non-English speaking adults. Tutoring is done one-to-one or in small groups of two to four.

Conversation Partner

Help adult English learners practice their conversation skills.