Literacy New Jersey, a Metuchen-based nonprofit group dedicated to teaching adults to read, is merging with six county literacy groups, including Literacy Volunteers of Mercer County.

Literacy Volunteers in Mercer County, based at 3535 Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton, will change its name to Literacy New Jersey Mercer County as part of the merger.

Literacy New Jersey offers free GED preparation classes, citizenship classes (for new immigrants), and ESL conversation groups (to practice English speaking skills), along with the core basic skills and English-as-a-second-language programs. The basic skills program helps adult students with learning disabilities or other significant challenges, and serves a population with limited educational options.

Literacy New Jersey Mercer County, 3535 Quakerbridge Road, Ibis Plaza, Suite 104, Hamilton 08619; 609-587-6027; fax, 609-587-6137. Cheryl Kirton, director. www.mercerliteracy.org.

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