Literacy Programs

The Cranston Public Library offers literacy and citizenship classes in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative.

The Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) has a longstanding partnership with the Cranston Library system. RIFLI currently offers classes in two branches of the Cranston Library system. They offer English as a Second Language classes (ESL) as well as Citizenship classes at both the William Hall library and the Auburn branch library. A new offering is Computer Skills for ESL Learners which is provided at the William Hall library.

The ESL classes are at the Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced level. Adult immigrants learn English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Both levels are offered at each site to accommodate learners of different skill levels. Classes run from September to June and there is often a summer session as well. At the Auburn branch site, children from ages three to twelve are welcome to come with their parents to participate in the Children’s Program (offered at the same time as the adult classes).

RIFLI Citizenship classes prepare adult immigrants for the Naturalization interview which all immigrants who want to become citizens must pass. In the classes, students study American history and civics as well as working on their English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

The Computer Skills classes offer instruction in basic computer operations, Internet, e-mail, and online resources. The classes are given for 10 weeks with classes twice a week.

RIFLI classes are offered for a $25 registration fee. For this fee, participants are invited to take any of RIFLI’s classes at any site and have access to staff assistance with volunteer opportunities, training programs and job search.

Adults who are interested in RIFLI classes may visit the RIFLI website at or call the RIFLI office at 401-455-8041 for more information.  RIFLI also accepts volunteer inquiries.