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Literacy/English Language Development (ELD)

Literacy room

Lisle Library District, through our Literacy/English Language Development (ELD) service, 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 Literacy/ELD 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 group study room. No registration is required so please just come to any of the sessions.   

The Lisle Library sponsors an English Conversation Group led by Literacy DuPage tutors on the second and fourth Saturday of every month throughout the year. Contact literacy@lislelibrary.org for more information. 

Upcoming Literacy Class Schedule

Help Adults Learn to Read and Speak in English

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 www.literacydupage.org 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 www.peoplesrc.org or 630-682-5402 for more information.

Volunteer tutors from Literacy DuPage recently completed an 18 hour tutor training session at the Lisle Library with 15 new tutors graduating and matched to help adult literacy/English Language Development learners improve their speaking, reading and communication skills. Congratulating the new tutors were Jean Demas, Literacy Outreach Librarian/Literacy DuPage board president, John Drake, Literacy DuPage board member and Karen Fuist, tutor trainer.

Director Kathy Seelig (left) and Literacy Outreach Librarian Jean Demas (right), pose with Mayor Broda (center) as they accepted the 2016 Naperville School District 203 Exemplary Business Partnership Award.

Director Kathy Seelig (left) and Literacy Outreach Librarian Jean Demas (right), pose with Mayor Broda (center) as they accepted the 2016 Naperville School District 203 Exemplary Business Partnership Award

Adult New Reader (ANR) Card

Literacy/ELD adult students, tutors and teachers who live in areas not served by any library, may apply for an Adult New Reader card. This card is free and kept at the Library's Circulation Desk for checking out Literacy/ELD materials only. For more information, contact Jean Demas, Literacy Outreach Librarian at 630-971-1675 x1002 or visit the Library's Circulation Desk.

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