Our Literacy Center

The newly designed Literacy Center at the Berwyn Public Library was dedicated to Lucy A. Barahona, a retired ESL/Bilingual teacher from Berwyn School District 100, on International Literacy Day, September 8, 2010. The Center serves adult learners and their teachers and tutors. It has been established in the area adjacent to the public access computers on the second floor with existing space, which has been repurposed to serve the literacy needs of our community and convey the Library’s commitment to lifelong learning.

There is an “Easy Reading” section, an “English as a Second Language (ESL)” section, and a “Teacher & Tutor Resources” section. A variety of formats are available: books, CDs, DVDs, flashcards and games. All materials are available to other libraries in the Metropolitan Library System through interlibrary loan. The collection was funded by an American Dream Starts @ your library® grant, from the American Library Association and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Two tutoring rooms are available to volunteer literacy tutors from Project CARE and Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County. The space is also used for the Library’s own adult learning and ESL program. Any non-profit group may reserve the smaller study room online for weekly tutoring.  It is labeled as Conference Room A.
Lucy A. Barahona Literacy Center | Berwyn Public Library | 2701 S. Harlem Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 795-8000, ext. 3044 | Berwyn Library Website