New Americans Program

The Palo Alto City Library welcomes all newcomers, visitors and residents to our community:

  • Vision: a flourishing city where people achieve their dreams
  • Mission: connect and strengthen our diverse community through knowledge, resources, and opportunities. We inspire and nurture innovation, discovery, and delight.

We hope that the Library is the first place a newcomer visits and uses our resources, locations, collections and programs to fulfill their dreams.


  • Welcome to America: This family program series is designed for new Americans and visitors to learn the customs and values of their new home. The series will run March-December 2016 on the 4th Thursday of every month. Each session will focus on a selected topic and will include a short presentation, followed by an activity for the whole family.
  • ESL Conversation Group: The adult program to practice speaking and listening in English.
  • Beyond the Basics: Eight-week course adult program to learn pronunciation and expression for advanced ESL speakers.
  • ESL Book Club: ESL speakers will be introduced to easy-to-read books in English and  have a chance to talk about the book they are reading.

See a list of our upcoming New Americans programs.


Materials in Your Language

The Library provides materials in multiple languages, including:

Visit our Library catalog to find books in the above languages.

Citizenship & Immigration Resources

Learn English

  • Mango Languages offers a number of online courses in various native languages and is a great resource for learning English.
  • Learning Express provides an online Adult Learning Center, where you can improve your English reading and writing skills and take practice citizenship courses.

Palo Alto Community Resources

Upcoming Programs

California Listens: Digital Stories Premiere

SATURDAY, December 9 - Join us as members of the Palo Alto community will share their digital story videos for the first time!

California Listens

Quizzitch Trivia Night

THURSDAY, November 30 - Wizards, Witches & Muggles are invited to join us in the ultimate Harry Potter trivia challenge!

Harry Potter Trivia Night

ESL Conversation Group
WEDNESDAYS - Come and practice speaking and listening in English!
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Welcome to America Series!

MONTHLY Series - Learning American Culture & Customs.

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Citizenship Clinic
FIRST THURSDAYS - Are You Ready to Become an American Citizen?
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ESL: Beyond the Basics

MONDAYS - Advanced English as a second language class for high-intermediate and advanced ESL speakers.

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Russian Bilingual Storytime

MONDAYS, 4:30 p.m. - Bilingual Russian storytime for children and their parents and caregivers.

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Last Updated: Oct 3, 2017