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Azusa City Library, The Literacy Program

Listing Last Update: July 13, 2017


729 N. Dalton Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702

Primary Contact

Arlene Calderon

(626) 812-5266

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Instruction in Spanish

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Program Overview

The Azusa City Library offers a wide range of literacy programs, free of charge. Our main programs are:

  • Basic Literacy one-on-one tutoring for adults who speak English and wish to improve their reading and writing
  • Spanish Literacy for Spanish-speaking adults who attended less than 2 years of school and wish to learn basic reading and writing in Spanish
  • Grassroots ESL for adults to learn to speak English in a small group setting
  • Inspired Citizenship classes to help adults prepare to take the USCIS citizenship exam

Mission Statement

The mission of the Azusa City Library is to nourish minds, transform lives, and build community. In support of this mission, The Literacy Program helps adults and their families to improve their lives and their community by learning to read better, write better, communicate better, and feel better.

Hours of operation: Mon - Wed 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Th - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost info: All programs are free to students.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"Where's the milk?" was the English phrase first spoken
by Leia Liu when she ventured out to the local Target store on her own. She was so happy! They understood her! Leia came to the United States from Beijing China three years ago, but she did not go out alone in her first years. Rather, she would wait for her English-speaking husband to come home and they would go out together. But now, "I am not afraid to talk to strangers," she says.

Leia was among the first to sign up for Grassroots ESL
when the program opened in the North Rosedale HOA club house in March 2015. For this young mother of a two-year old, it helps that the class is only two days a week. She can arrange childcare for that limited time. Plus, she appreciates that the class is in her own neighborhood, and with a small group of students. Leia says that the class is fun and relaxing and she is learning. Indeed, even though she is in a beginning level group, learning English has already given her newfound confidence and brought her independence.

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