The Adult Literacy Program, (ALP) a program unique to the Kennett Library, assists native-born and newly arriving immigrant families in improving their literacy, language, and educational skills while facilitating their integration into the community.
ALP has been offering literacy services to the community since 1979. As of 2020, it has served more than 8,500 adult learners from 55 different countries representing five continents. They have come to ALP to learn English, or to prepare for testing for American citizenship, or to receive help in preparing for the four tests needed to earn the General Equivalency Diploma.
ALP staff offers day classes and evening classes from September to May each year, and also trains community volunteers to individually help any student who requests it. The volunteer tutors provide English language practice and instruction; some tutors teach Civics to help students preparing to take the American citizenship test. Other tutors teach Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts for those students preparing to test for the General Equivalency Diploma.
By the numbers:
The new Kennett Library & Resource Center will offer ALP dedicated office space, classrooms and tutor rooms instead of the makeshift study areas in the current library. ALP will not need to reserve and rent classrooms in facilities outside of the Library, but will continue to offer classes in Oxford and West Grove to accommodate the needs of the students.