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Adult Literacy / ESL Services

Pleasanton Reads: Serving Adult Learners of English

What is Pleasanton Reads?

Pleasanton Reads provides instruction in basic literacy and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) through free weekly tutoring and ESL Conversation Practice Groups for eligible adults.


Who can join?

  • Learners:  The program is open to Pleasanton residents 18 years of age or older who are either native English speakers or ESL students and who read below the 8th grade level.  Click here for student information.

  • Volunteer Tutors: Volunteers aged 18 years or older are trained by the Library's Literacy Team. All necessary instructional materials are provided. We are seeking 1:1 or small group tutors, conversation group leaders, and book club leaders. Contact us with questions.

When does Pleasanton Reads meet?

Volunteers and learners may choose to meet together in-person or virtually for weekly 90-minute sessions.


Where does Pleasanton Reads meet?

Volunteer-hosted drop-in conversation practice groups provide a welcoming environment for learners to practice new English language skills, meet other adult learners and ask questions. The current schedule is available on the library's online events calendar.


How much does it cost?

Instruction and materials are provided free of charge to participants.  Funding for the program is provided by the City of Pleasanton and a grant from California Library Literacy Services (CLLS), a program of the California State Library.


Resources for Learners

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Resources for Volunteers

Tutor Training and Teaching Techniques

ProLiteracy Education Network offers a comprehensive collection of online courses and resources for adult literacy and ESL instructors and material to share with students for homework, supplemental study, or independent learning. Please contact Pleasanton Library Literacy Office for log in credentials, then click the icon above to access the portal.

Have questions or need assistance? Contact us: or 925-931-3405