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Adult Basic Education (ABE) Collection

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Collection is a collection of materials designed to aid adult patrons who are improving their reading skills. Books are available at different reading levels on topics of interest to adults. There are also materials available for improving spelling and math skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), and workbooks that can be used by literacy tutors. The Library can arrange extended loan periods for ABE materials. The ABE Collection is located on the First Floor.

For more information on free classes and tutors, call: The Adult Learning Center at 540.949.6134, or Learn English And Reading Now (LEARN) at 540.245.5136.

Art Prints

The Library has a collection of framed art prints which are located on the first floor. These prints may be checked out for 6 months, and with a carrier bag as well.

Genealogy Collection

The Staunton Public Library’s Genealogy Collection is located on the first floor of the Library in a separate room. The Genealogy Collection contains family and historical records for Staunton, Augusta County, the surrounding counties and other parts of the State of Virginia. The Library also offers access to the Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library databases of genealogical information. Get more information about the Library’s genealogy resources online

Microfiche and Microfilm

Microfilm files include Augusta County census records from 1810 to 1930 and Staunton newspapers from the late 1700s until the present. Microfiche files contain back issues of selected periodicals. Film and fiche readers and printers are located in the Reference area. Copies print for $.25 a page. Our digital reader can also email or save scanned images to a flash drive.

Parent-Teacher (PT) Collection

The Parent-Teacher (PT) Collection contains materials that supplement both public school and homeschooling curriculum. Parents and educators will find information on developmental stages, learning disabilities, learning styles, arts and crafts, Bible and Sunday school education, and more. The PT Collection is located on the ground floor.

Reference Collection

The Staunton Public Library offers many reference resources, including online databases & newspapers and census records on microfilm, business directories, maps, local history files, telephone directories, and a genealogy and local history collection. Reference assistance is available from Library staff at the Reference Desk on the first floor, by telephone at 540.332.3902, or by email.