The NHFPL is dedicated to improving lives by promoting basic and 21st Century literacy skills and advancing new Haven as a city that reads.  Literacy is essential for social, economic, and personal development throughout one’s life and the proven benefits of literacy include improved health, self-esteem, and prosperity.  21st Century literacy skills are those needed to effectively navigate our fast-paced digital environment.  We welcome the public to explore our resources for lifelong learning and to seek out librarians for advice.

ESOL Conversation Groups>>>  Click here for schedules at the New Haven Free Public Library.  

Connecticut state law requires that all towns provide free GED, Citizenship, and English (ESOL) classes to all residents through their adult education systems. If you are not a New Haven resident, check with adult education in your town. Registration and class information for New Haven ESOL classes can be found at the links listed below:

Free math tutoring for adults is provided by Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven. Tutors will help with all levels of math from a review of basic mathematics to high school math up to and including calculus. Contact Laura Fawcett at (203) 776-5899 to schedule an appointment.

Click here for Ives classes in particular.

Reading Center Services and Topics

NHFPL offers many resources for practicing and improving literacy skills. At the library and on our website you will find a comprehensive collection of English language learning materials, bilingual editions of books for English reading practice, ESOL conversation classes, tutor resources, and literacy databases such as Pronunciator, Culture Grams, and Procitizen. We also have a literacy specialist available to address individual needs, conduct tours, and network with local community agencies.

Online Resources for Students and Teachers

Resources for students

DuoLingo– A widely used free app/website for English learning that makes daily practice fun. Duolingo has English learning options for speakers of 21 non-English languages:

USA Learns– free downloadable apps for English vocabulary and pronunciation practice:  and

complete English language instruction

The Times in Plain English– An edition of the New York Times written especially for new English Speakers:

We Are New York video series– Video stories of everyday situations for new English speakers:

Fun– A great way to learn English is to read and sing along with our songs!


Resources for Educators and Tutors

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven- New Haven’s largest literacy instruction organization has compiled a comprehensive list of online resources for reading, writing, math, and life skills instruction. Contact them for any and all questions about becoming or finding a literacy tutor:

New American Horizons Foundation– A thorough, inspiring set of training videos detailing how to teach new English Speakers:


United States Citizenship

United States Government Citizenship and Immigration Services– Thorough and authoritative, this is the best resource for becoming an American citizen:


Other Literacies

Additionally, the Connecticut Division of Library Development supports public, school, and academic librarians with information, resources, and training in the follow areas, which are considered key literacies:

Civic Literacy

Digital Literacy

Financial Literacy

Health Literacy

Legal Literacy

Clicking on the above links will take you to a host of educational, career, grant, and quality of life resources


NEW! Check out our new language-learning database, Pronunciator!

PronunciatorPronunciator is a web-app that provides access to courses in 80 languages, including ESL for 50 non-English languages.

Regístrese en Español



NEW! ProCitizen, a citizenship prep course!

ProCitizen en Español



Partner Links


Contact Information

William Armstrong
Literacy Librarian
203.946.2228 ext. 611