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Literacy room

Lisle Library District works in partnership with local schools and community agencies to provide individual family, community and workplace literacy services to Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) learners throughout the county.  The Lisle Library is the founder of Libraries English and Reading Network (LEARN), a network of libraries and literacy providers.

Our Offerings

  • Curriculum support to local public and parochial elementary and secondary schools, and colleges and universities, along with resource assistance to special education teachers and students with special reading needs
  • Space for individual and small group tutoring in the Literacy Room
  • An extensive collection of Adult New Reader (ANR) materials, including books, workbooks, DVDs, CDs, newspapers, and periodicals, which are classified as Adult New Reader (ANR) and located in a special collection near the Literacy Room
  • A multimedia computer workstation including ESL/ABE software in the Literacy Room
  • Consultations and assistance to teachers/tutors and students
  • English as a second language classes for parents of children in the local schools
  • English conversation groups held the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in the library's meeting room led by Literacy DuPage tutors
  • Introductory sessions to library services which may be arranged by appointment with the Literacy Outreach Librarian
  • Literacy /ESL/ABE Classes & Training

ESL for You! Classes

The Lisle Library sponsors free English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction offered to parents of ESL students in the local schools and other adults learners. Classes are held in the Lisle Library's meeting room. No registration is required so please just come to any of the sessions.   Contact for more information.

Upcoming Literacy Class Schedule

Help Adults Learn to Read and Speak in English

Congratulations to the English as a Second Language (ESL) and Basic Education tutors who graduated from training classes held at the Lisle Library in May 2015.

You can make a difference in someone’s life by volunteering your time to help foreign language adult speakers learn to communicate in English, or work with adults who have basic reading and writing skill building needs.  Literacy DuPage offers tutor training classes at different community libraries throughout the year, then matches certified volunteer tutors with adult learners who need assistance.  Go to for a schedule of classes or call (630) 416-6699 for more information.

People's Resource Center, with locations in Wheaton and Westmont, helps residents of DuPage County with their basic human needs, promotes dignity and justice, and creates opportunities through community sharing and involvement.  Volunteers can work in areas including tutoring, food pantry, computer training and job finding assistance.  Contact the PRC at or 630.682.5402 for more information.

Adult New Reader (ANR) Card

Students and tutors of English as a Second Language (ESL), or adult reading instructors, who live in areas not served by any library, may apply for an Adult New Reader card.  This card is free and is kept at the Library's Circulation Desk for checking out literacy materials only. For More Information, contact Jean Demas, Literacy Outreach Librarian (630) 971-1675 x1002.

777 Front Street Lisle, IL 60532 | Phone: 630-971-1675 | Fax: 630-971-1701 | Hours: M-F 9:30am-9:00pm, SAT 9:30am-5:00pm, SUN 1:00pm-5:00pm