Our ESL Center is an award winning program providing volunteer tutors, tutoring space, study materials, computer-assisted instruction, citizenship classes, English classes, and referrals to adult immigrants in the Amherst area.
Libraries for All, an initiative of the European Union, featured the Jones Library ESL Center as a model for civic integration efforts at community libraries. Our program was recognized under "best practices" on the European Union's Libraries for All website.
Listen below to a podcast (10:55) about our ESL Center entitled "Amherst Welcomes Newcomers" created by students in the Spring 2020 Sociology of Immigration class at UMass Amherst (read a full transcript)
Watch the ESL Center portion of Amherst Media's Celebrating Community episode featuring the Jones Library (below)