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Columbia Public Schools, Adult Education and Literacy
310 North Providence, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)214-3960    Fax: (573) 214-3691
Hours: 8-5 Monday-Friday and 6:00-9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday

Services: Literacy and basic education skills of reading, writing, math, and problem solving;
adult secondary education; skills training for completion of the GED, job training, and
employment; language skills for speakers of other languages; customized educational programs
for workplaces.
Fee: Instruction and books are free
Eligibility: Must be 16 years or older and not enrolled in school

Daniel Boone Regional Library
Columbia Library: 100 West Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
Southern Boone County: 109 Main St, Ashland, MO 65010
Callaway County Library: 710 Court Street, Fulton, MO 65251
Columbia Hours: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. Friday, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Saturday, 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Sunday
Southern Boone Hours: 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00a.m-3:00p.m. Friday and Saturday
Callaway County Hours: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00p.m. Friday and Saturday
Columbia (573)443-3161, Ashland (573)657-7378, Fulton (573)642-7261
Fax: Columbia (573)499-0191

Services: Free access to books, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, newspapers, DVDs, electronic resources and other library material; ESL and Spanish language materials; consumer and government information; telephone and e-mail reference information; public access computers; story times for children; summer reading program for children, teens and adults; One Read community reading program; events and classes for children, teens and adults; tours; bookmobile service to rural communities, neighborhoods and licensed child care centers; home and nursing home visits for homebound persons; liaison with Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comic books, streaming music, TV shows & movies, continuing education classes, genealogy resources, yearbook archive and other online resources
Fee: None 
Eligibility: Open to citizens of Boone and Callaway Counties 
Intake Procedures: Call Outreach Department for mail, bookmobile, and shut-in service; walk-in or phone for other services 
Required Documentation for Services: Proof of residency required for library card, some services available without a library card (reference services, magazines & newspapers, tax forms, etc.) Adults can apply online: 
Geographic Area Served: Boone, Callaway Counties; Locations: Columbia, Ashland, Fulton 
Foreign Languages Spoken: Spanish is spoken by some staff 
Other Names/Acronyms: Columbia Public Library

Literacy Action Corps

Literacy Action Corps (LAC) trains tutors to teach adults one-on-one to learn to read and improve their literacy skills. Learners gain skills they need to complete job applications, to pass a driver's test, to write a letter, to read to their children, and to achieve goals they set for themselves.
LAC also tutors internationals to speak and to read English. These skills open the doors for employment and community involvement. You can make a difference!

Missouri Department of Education, Adult Education and Literacy
205 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, MO 65102

The Missouri Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program provides assistance that helps Missouri adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency, and problem-solving.
Eligible students – adults 17 years of age or older not presently enrolled in secondary school (or 16 years old not presently enrolled in secondary school but have completed 16 hours of credit toward high school graduation) and speakers of English as a second language.