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Adult Literacy

NPL Adult Literacy supports organizations serving adult learners by offering information, access to education technologies and tools, and professional development.

Professional Development

  • Conferences

    Every 3 months, join us for a conference designed to increase your impact. Choose from an engaging menu of options including breakout sessions, panel discussions, and networking.

    View Conference Information

  • Events Calendar

    Find upcoming professional development workshops and conferences.

    View Calendar

  • Meeting & Presenter Notes

    Meeting notes from past conferences and presenter notes and slides from past events.

    View Notes in Box

  • Online Discussion

    Join our Facebook Group for adult educators and ask questions, discover solutions, and share best practices.

    NPL Adult Education Community

  • Adult Educator of the Year

    This award honors a teacher who makes significant contributions to the work of Adult Education in Middle Tennessee.

    View Past Award Recipients

  • Newsletter

    The monthly newsletter is an easy way to stay connected with our upcoming events and featured resources.

    Sign Up

  • Collective Impact

    Collective impact is a framework for cross-sector collaboration which is used to solve complex social problems. Adult Literacy @ NPL supports the collective impact initiative addressing the complex issue of adult literacy in our community.

    More About Collective Impact

    Our Work


  • Mobile Lab

    Available to nonprofit partners in Davidson County. Lab includes 10 laptops and 1 Wi-Fi hotspot which can be delivered throughout the city for pop-up computer classes.


  • Library 101 Tour

    For adult education students and their families. Discover free resources for adults, families, children, and teens available with your Nashville Public Library card. This tour can be tailored for speakers from non-English backgrounds.


  • Library to You

    Request a workshop led by library staff. Select from our prepared workshops, like Library Resources or Online Tools for the Job Search, or create a custom workshop for your learners' needs. We can also bring our mobile lab for hands-on practice.


  • Library Classroom Space

    Nashville Public Library offers meeting rooms and a fully-equipped computer classroom free for community use. Get details and book online.

    Branch Library Meeting Rooms

    Main Library Computer Classroom

  • Library Card Registration

    Request a library card sign up table at your next event.



  • Nashville Helps

    Nashville Helps connects adult learners to local social services. In less than 2 minutes, you can help adult learners fill out this form to have these agencies contact them directly. Watch the video tutorial.

    Go to Nashville Helps

  • Using the Library Videos

    See how to get a library card, how to borrow materials, and how to use public computers.

    English | Spanish | Arabic

  • Classes for Adult Learners

    Find classes for your adult learners in ESL, HiSET, and more. Classes take place at various locations in Davidson County.

    View Upcoming Adult Literacy Classes

    HSE | ESL | Digital Skills

  • Pathways for Adult Learners

    Learn how to make better referrals throughout the community. Look on the Zone Map and find the color of your zone. Use the color to find appropriate resources.

    Education Pathway

    Social Services Pathway

  • Pathway for New Americans

    Pathway for New Americans a community-wide approach to promoting citizenship education and awareness in Davidson County.

    Go to Pathway for New Americans

  • Adult Education Dashboard

    How many adult learners do we serve around the city? This dashboard tracks our collective progress. 

    Go to the Adult Education Dashboard

  • Tech Toolkit

    Resources for adult educators looking to integrate digital skills into their instruction.

    Access the Tech Toolkit


NPL connects Davidson County’s adult literacy community by serving as a central hub where adult learners and the organizations serving them can get information, access to education technologies and tools, and become enriched through professional development. NPL’s Adult Literacy program aligns library resources to meet community need in the areas of High School Equivalency (HSE), English Language Learners (ELL), Job Skills, and Digital Literacy.


  • Megan Godbey

    Megan Godbey, Adult Literacy Coordinator



For more information about Nashville Public Library's Adult Educator opportunities and Adult Literacy programs, contact Megan Godbey, Adult Literacy Coordinator: or (615) 880-2264.

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