The Bradford-Wyoming Co. Literacy Program was founded in 1980 when six Friends of the Bradford Co. Library became the Literacy Program’s first volunteer tutors. These first volunteer tutors, under the direction of Fanna Proper and Joyce Strope Burgart, provided the enthusiasm and impetus to begin the Literacy Program. We continue to use best practices in the field of Literacy instruction and non-profit management today. We aspire to bring the highest caliber of Literacy services to the residents of Bradford and Wyoming Counties.


The mission of the Bradford-Wyoming Co. Literacy Program is to provide free and confidential instruction for adults and teenagers in reading, writing, math, and English language skills so that they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their community.


We envision Bradford and Wyoming Counties as places where all adult residents have the Literacy skills they need to achieve their own dreams and the ability to enhance the quality of their lives in order to become better family members, employees , and community members.

Headquartered at 200 Main St. Suite 5 Towanda PA 18848, the Bradford-Wyoming County Literacy Program trains volunteer tutors and provides free and confidential “one to one” tutoring for adults and teenagers who lack basic reading skills or who want to learn English as a Second Language. An accredited ProLiteracy affiliate, the Bradford-Wyoming Co. Literacy Program began in 1980 as a special project of the Friends of the Bradford Co. Library. The Literacy Program is a member agency of the Bradford Co. United Way.

The Problem:

According to the U.S. Department of Education, it is estimated that 93 million U.S. adults have Basic and Below Basic literacy skills. This study and others found that literacy skills impact every aspect of adult life. Adults who are more literate are more likely to:

  • Read to their children and discuss school topics;
  • Be employed full time and receive a higher income;
  • Use the Internet and email;
  • Vote, volunteer, and access information about current local and national events.

Unfortunately, only a fraction of low literate adults seek literacy services from community providers. Many people with low literacy do not perceive their skills as a problem until a crises such as the loss of a job, a child’s need for school help with school, or a health care emergency makes them aware of their literacy needs.