TRENTON, NJ – The Union Public Library is among 14 recipients of grant funding through the Community Library Adult Literacy and Career Pathway Program (CLALCP), which aims to expand adult literacy services in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced that Union will receive $80,606 of grant funding.  The total for the 14 recipients is $1,128,273.

“We are so grateful to be recipients of the Community Library Adult Literacy and Career Pathway program (CLALCP) funding from the NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development again this year,” said Union Library Director Karen O’Malley.

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“This support is the only way we are able to provide this much needed program in Union,” O’Malley added.  “The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program at Union Public Library aims to increase literacy and workplace development skills so learners can have improved career outcomes.”  O’Malley said during the first round of funding they served 125 participants. She added that with this year’s funding the library hopes to build on that success and double that number.

Describing the ESOL program at Union Public Library, O’Malley said is a rigorous one.   She said they offer four different class level, with each level requiring in-person classroom time, online assignments and group conversation classes. When all requirements are met, students earn a certificate from the library. The program is open to participants living in New Jersey and all materials and online access is provided free of charge. 

The next round of classes will start January 27, and runs for eleven weeks. The library is currently administering pre-testing.  Those interested in learning more should contact the library.

 “Our libraries have always been the cornerstones of our communities, and this program will provide these important partners with resources they need to offer literacy and career services,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo.

Grants were also awarded to the following recipients:

  • Atlantic City Free Library: $94,600
  • Elizabeth Public Library: $103,378
  • Englewood Public Library: $49,138
  • Gloucester County Library System: $101,200
  • Jersey City Public Library: $110,000
  • Kearny Public Library: $55,000
  • Maplewood Memorial Library: $81,636
  • Millville Public Library: $55,000
  • New Brunswick Free Public Library: $109,836
  • Newark Public Library: $94,923
  • Plainfield Public Library: $80,410
  • Somerset County Library System: $58,411
  • South Brunswick Public Library: $54,135