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Position Opening:  Literacy DuPage is recruiting for a Program Director.  Please apply by December 15, 2023 for full consideration.

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Finding Family and Opportunity Through Literacy

Our Literacy DuPage team recently had the opportunity to meet with tutor and learner pair, Marti Bogart and Daniela Marquez, to discuss their success working together over the last several years. Their story exemplifies the vision of Literacy DuPage, empowering adults through literacy. We are proud to have Marti and Daniela in the Literacy DuPage community!

Read the full story here!


Literacy DuPage Lobby Drop-ins

Indian Prairie Public Library: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2–5 p.m.
Westmont Public Library: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4:30–7 p.m.
Glen Ellyn Public Library: Thursday, Sept. 14, 4–7 p.m.
Downers Grove Public Library: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Elmhurst Public Library: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Wheaton Public Library: Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Carol Stream Public Library: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.–noon.

Literacy DuPage recruits and trains volunteer tutors who teach English to DuPage County adults. Since 1972, they have been equipping a big-hearted army of tutors to work side-by-side with adults who wish to learn English or to improve their comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Stop by the lobby to see how you can volunteer.

Immigration: An American Story Traveling Exhibit
Hosted by Wheaton Public Library
Monday, Sept. 4 through Friday, Sept. 29

This collection of seven informational panels presents documents, maps, and images to tell select stories of those who came to America, some by coercion and others by choice, in search of a better future for themselves and later generations. The exhibit is on loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Living Room Conversation: Welcoming Diverse Neighbors (Online)
Hosted by Wheaton Public Library
Monday, Sept. 11, 7–8 p.m.

Immigration is a highly personal and political topic. Let’s listen to each other’s experiences and increase our understanding to build a foundation for better relationships and solutions. In partnership with the Wheaton League of Women Voters. Zoom Registration.

Being From In-Between: A Neighbors Together Story Show (Hybrid)
Hosted by Naperville Public Library
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7–8 p.m.

Join us as we welcome back award-winning storyteller, Jasmin Cardenas, who will share personal tales of being bicultural and bilingual.

This program will be held in person and live streamed via Zoom. Registration is only required if you want to join virtually. Register below through Zoom directly. An email containing the link to join will automatically be emailed once registration is complete. Zoom Registration

This program will also be recorded and posted on the Library’s YouTube channel for two weeks.

Children of Heaven Movie Screening
Held at Carol Stream Public Library
Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Children of Heaven, rated PG, is a story that will win over audiences of all ages. It is the first Iranian film to be nominated for an Academy Award. “After a boy loses his sister’s pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can’t, he tries a new way to “win” a new pair.” (  Movies are shown with closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

Be a Good Neighbor (Online)
Hosted by Wheaton Public Library
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7–8 p.m.

Representatives from Literacy DuPage, World Relief, People’s Resource Center, and the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights discuss the services provided by their organizations and how community members can help and get involved. Zoom Registration

In Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrants in our Communities Exhibit Retrospective (Hybrid)
Held at the Elmhurst Public Library and through Zoom
Thursday, Sept.  28, 7–8 p.m.

Dave Oberg, director of the Elmhurst History Museum, provides an overview of immigration history and patterns in Elmhurst and the western suburbs, with a strong focus on the period after World War II. Cosponsored by the Elmhurst History Museum and Neighbors Together, an initiative of several DuPage County Libraries promoting Literacy DuPage. Registration required.

Book Discussions

Each library is offering a book discussion on Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas. Follow the links to each library for details about book availability and registration:

Indian Prairie Public Library: Nonfiction at Night(In-Person) Thursday, Sept. 7, 7–8 p.m.
Naperville Public Library: Neighbors Together: (Hybrid) Thursday, Sept. 7, 7–8 p.m. Registration is only required if you wish to participate via Zoom.
Itasca Community Library: Beyond the Library (In-Person) Monday, Sept. 11, 7–8 p.m.
Glen Ellyn Public Library: Thursday Evening: (In-Person) Thursday, Sept. 14, 7–8 p.m.
Elmhurst Public Library: Learn & Grow: (Hybrid): Thursday, Sept. 14, 7–8:15 p.m.
Westmont Public Library: Neighbors Together (In-Person): Monday, Sept. 18, 6–7 p.m.
Carol Stream Public Library: Around the World (In-Person): Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30–8 p.m.
Downers Grove Public Library Real Reads (Hybrid): Tuesday, Sept. 19, 9:30–11 a.m.
Wheaton Public Library: Nonfiction Book Discussion (Online): Monday, Sept. 25, 7–8 p.m.


Empowering an adult with language will change that person’s life—and yours, too. No foreign language or teaching experience needed. Just time and heart.


More than 100,000 DuPage County residents need help in improving their English skills. Our goal is to reach as many as possible.


We invite you to connect with our Literacy DuPage community via Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


We’re eager to share the inspiring stories of our learners’ successes.

Literacy DuPage appreciates the financial support from these organizations:

  • Secretary of State Illinois State Library Division
  • Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Foundation
  • DuPage Foundation
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • Community Memorial Foundation
  • Guy A. and N. Kay Arboit Foundation
  • Naperville Rotary Charities
  • Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • ProLiteracy
  • Nicor Gas
  • Domtar
  • Glen Ellyn Rotary Foundation
  • The Grove Foundation
  • Starbucks Foundation