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Adult Learners and English Language Learners

Adults who are learning English,nn learning to read and write, or working on other basic skills: we welcome you! The library is a place to study, check out books or movies, search for information, or attend a program.  If you are a parent, our Children's Room welcomes you and your children.  The pdfDiscover Your Library! pamphlet tells more about what you public library can do for you. 

Everyone is welcome to visit the library, but a library card gives you many more privileges.  Check out our library card page for more information. 

All adults in the Brattleboro area who want to work on their basic skills will want to know about the Vermont Adult Learning center on Birge street.  VAL offers free and low-cost classes for English language learning, literacy, GED preparation, and more.  The VAL is separate from the library, but many VAL students are library users. 

Some Library Resources for You

If you are learning English as a foreign language, you might try our Mango and Powerspeak databases, which offer interactive English lessons on your computer.  Powerspeak has a general ESL module, and Mango offers lessons for native speakers of fifteen different languages:


If you are preparing for the TOEFL exam, you will find exam preparation guides and practice tests in the Education and Testing Resource Center, which is listed in the Education and Testing section of our website.

We also have books to help you practice your reading skills, such as this list of pdfadult books for new readers.  If you are practicing your listening skills, look for our audiobooks on CD, or download audiobooks through our online digital media services.

The Reference Desk is a great place to start if you have questions about the library.  Stop by the library, give us a call at (802) 254-5290 x109, or use the AskaLibrarian form to request more information.