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Literacy/English Language Development (ELD)

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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.

We also offer a catalog of online literacy sites, which can be found in the sidebar, or here.

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, periodicals, and Launchpads (mobile devices pre-loaded with programs to help improve English skills), 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 Librarian
  • Literacy/ESL/ABE Classes & Training

ESL for You! Classes

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 for more information.

Classes are held in the Lisle Library's Group Study Room. No registration is required, so please just come to any of the sessions. Weekly on Wednesday afternoons, the Lisle Library partners with the Ann Reid Early Childhood Center to host the Families Together classes for at-risk parents and preschoolers who attend the Center.

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 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.

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 Librarian at 630-971-1675 x1002 or visit the Library's Circulation Desk.

Lisle Library District hosts a family reading event for English Language Development (ELD).

Our family reading event in full swing, featuring Murphy the Dog.

Families Together class attendees enjoy a festive multi-cultural holiday party at the Lisle Library.

Lisle Library Literacy visits the Anne Reid Early Childhood Center

North Central College students learn about Literacy/English Language Development programs and materials as part of a senior seminar on being culturally responsive

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