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Reading, Writing and Numeracy Programs

Improve the skills you need for learning, work and life at Calgary Public Library.

Learning Advantage

Volunteers work one-on-one with adult learners to achieve individual goals in reading, writing and numeracy.
• Reading, Writing and Math
• Flexible meeting dates and times
• Free with a Calgary Public Library card
• Available at 18 Libraries
• Continuous enrollment
Call 403-260-2729 for more information
Want to be a volunteer?

Easiest Book Club

Easiest Book Club Ever!

Improve your reading skills, increase your confidence, and enjoy an easy read. Join us as we read a short book over 6 weeks.
Call 403-260-2729 for more information
Program Registration

Money Matters

Are you struggling to pay your bills? Do you need a spending and savings plan? Gain confidence in dealing with personal finances and financial decisions. Our volunteers share basic and practical information about money. Workbooks will be supplied.
In partnership with ABC Life Literacy Canada.
• Adult financial literacy program
• Understand budgeting, banking, credit, borrowing and savings (RESPs)
• Easy to read course materials
• Free with a Calgary Public Library card
• Light refreshments served at break
• Work in small groups
Call 403-221-2009 for more information
Program Registration

Other Adult Learning Opportunities

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

Books and More

Literacy Collection

Each of the 18 Calgary Public Library locations has a Literacy Collection. The collection includes books, cds, dvds and electronic resources which are created for adult learners. Adults who are learning English benefit from materials that include

  • visual cues
  • simple vocabulary
  • larger fonts
  • more white space
  • shorter sentences, paragraphs and chapters

Materials found in the Literacy Collection focus on

  • easy reading for practice
  • citizenship
  • grammar
  • writing
  • vocabulary
  • spelling
  • pronunciation, speaking and listening
  • grammar
  • test preparation
  • reading comprehension

These materials are further divided into three learning levels:

Literacy level stickersLook for these labels on Literacy Collection materials


ESL Book Club-In-A-Bag

Includes multiple copies of an easy reader intended for a group setting. Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the ESL Book Club-In-A-Bag kits are designed to facilitate discussion and promote reading comprehension among groups of beginner, intermediate, and advanced ESL learners.


Electronic Resources

Free with your Library card.

Learning Express

  • Help with reading, writing, math and other skills from the elementary school to college level.
  • Free registration required to use this site.
  • Career eBooks and practice tests for a wide variety of occupations.
  • Work skills improvement, including business writing.
  • Microsoft software tutorials.
  • Practice tests and exam preparation for college and careers, including:
    • ACT
    • Advanced Placement
    • Citizenship Test
    • CLEP
    • CUNY
    • GED
    • SAT
    • Spanish Language GED
    • THEA
    • TOEFL iBT
    • TOEIC
    • Test-Taking Skills Improvement
    • College Admissions
    • College Placement

Mango Languages

  • Interactive language learning courses.
  • You have the option to create a personal account to track your learning progress.
  • Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian, Creole, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese.


Texthelp Read&Write

An easy-to-use toolbar that works with applications, like Microsoft Word, allowing customers to access reading, writing, and support tools from within programs they use every day. Available on ALEX computer workstations at 8 libraries.

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Language Learning Lab

The Language Learning Lab located on the 5th floor of the Central Library provides audio-visual equipment dedicated to language learning. Pronunciation Power software available on computers in the lab is designed to improve English language skills, such as pronunciation, vocabulary, listening and speaking.

Learning Lab

The regular Learning Lab is located on the 3rd floor of the Central Library.  It is a dedicated space where you can develop your computer, job search, and research skills.

Celebrate Learning

Celebrate with these special days dedicated to learning and literacy:

  • Essential Skills Day, September 21
  • Family Literacy Day, January 27
  • Financial Literacy Month, November
  • International Adult Learners’ Week
  • International Literacy Day, September 8
  • Plain Language Day, October 13

Welcome to the Calgary Public Library

This video outlines the many great resources and services offered FREE with your library card. Click below the video for more language options.

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