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Learn more about Literacy & Citizenship:

Learn English, improve your reading skills or prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam with resources available at the Library, including:

  • English as a second language classes and book discussions
  • Weekly conversation clubs
  • Citizenship preparation courses
  • A special collection of books, CDs and DVDs to help improve English skills

Do you need help with writing a letter or resume, completing an application or using Library learning tools? Fill out a Book a Librarian request to meet with our Literacy Coordinator.

English as a Second Language

We offer two free ESL class sessions every year, one in spring and another in fall. Each session begins with in-person registration and testing to determine placement. Our next session starts in fall 2017.

Conversation Clubs

We host free discussion groups for intermediate students who want to use and improve their English speaking skills.  

Space is limited; email Helen Stewart at if you are interested in attending.

ESL Book Discussions

Join a book discussion with other English-language learners. Our next book discussion is on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. at the Hoffman Estates Branch Library. We're reading Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai.

Online Tools for Learning English

Citizenship Classes

Prepare for your naturalization exam and interview with our free, 12-week citizenship classes. To register, you must present a green card at the first class. Our next session starts in fall 2017.

Read to Learn

This class is designed for adults who already speak English but want to improve their reading and writing skills. We'll test your reading level at the first class so we know the best ways to help you learn. Our next session starts in fall 2017.

More ESL Resources

Contact these community organizations directly for more information about their English as a Second Language classes: