Adult Literacy, ESL & Citizenship Classes

Welcome to the John Ed Keeter Public Library's Adult Basic Education & Literacy program! Our mission is to enrich our city by providing a free, diversified, and accessible educational program for adults. We are thankful for the help of our many volunteer tutors in bringing this program to life. 

We are currently offering classes and/or tutoring in:

  • Adult Literacy (in English and Spanish)
  • English as a Second Language
  • English Conversation
  • GED
  • US Citizenship Preparation
  • Basic Spanish

Registration and Orientation

To register for Free Adult Literacy and Adult Basic Education classes, students must have an active (not expired) Saginaw library card account set-up with the library.

The ESL & Adult Literacy Classes are offered in semesters: Fall and Spring. Students must register for the classes and attend orientation to participate in the semester. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the World of Words Project each year and be invited to go on an annual field trip. 

Spring Registration and Orientation

Tuesday, January 10 - 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Thursday, January 12 - 5:30-8:00 pm
Friday, January 13 - 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Saturday, January 14 - 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Friday, January 20 - 2:00-5:30 pm
Saturday, January 21 - 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Students must stay for the entire time. For more information, contact the Library or email Carmen Silver-Rodriguez.

Visit the Calendar of Events for specific dates for programs. 


Family Field Trips

Join our tutors, volunteers and students on a family field trip to see local attractions! 

Fall: Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

Spring: Kimbell Art Museum & Sundance Square
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Botanic Gardens Field Trip 2016

ESL field trip to botanic gardens 10-16
Available Resources
Free Language-Learning Software
For ESL students who prefer to learn on their own or would like to practice outside of class, we have dedicated computer stations at the Library with Rosetta Stone language-learning software. In addition, students may access Pronunciator 24/7 with their library card number.
ProLiteracy for Tutors
ProLiteracy provides tutors with techniques and strategies for instructing classes, lesson plans and activities, as well as many more online resources. Visit ProLiteracy for Instructors at
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Free US Citizenship Classes
Intensive 21-Hour Summer Course
Fridays, 9:00 am-12:30 pm, July 8-August 12

 The John Ed Keeter Public Library provides free citizenship classes presented by volunteers. Please register at the Library for the Summer Class.

Students are quizzed verbally and on paper random questions that may appear on the citizenship exam. Questions are gathered from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website and other online and in-house resources. Citizenship in Spanish is available by request.
Citizenship test preparation is also available through Pronunciator. Choose "English (American)" as the language you want to study, then choose the ProCitizen course. Pronunciator can be accessed at home or in the Library.

For more information about citizenship classes contact Carmen Silver-Rodriguez by email or at (817)230-0344.
Additional Online Citizenship Resources 
(Not Affiliated with the Library)

Contact Information
For more information, feel free to contact Adult Literacy / ESL Librarian Carmen Silver-Rodriguez by email or at (817) 230-0344.