ESL Program

Texas Reads English as a Second Language (ESL) Program – Spring 2014

Many English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in our community have long waiting lists for students who want to learn to speak the English language. The Mounce Library is helping other community organizations meet this need in our community by offering an ESL program, modeled after other successful ESL programs offered by libraries across the country. This project is made possible by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2013), the Dollar General Foundation (2013), the City of Bryan, the Friends of the BCS Library System, the Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network, St. Andrews Episcopal Parish, and the Santa Teresa Catholic Church.

Registration and Testing:

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Noon)
Registration: Mounce Library 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Group by Group Assessment: Mounce Library 1st Floor Conference Room


Saturdays, February 1 – May 3, 10 AM – Noon
There will not be a class on on March 8, March 15, and April 19.

Classes will be held at either the Mounce Library or the Neal Recreation Center (600 N. Randolph, Bryan, Texas 77803) depending on the group you are assigned.

ESL students are adults 18 and up who need beginning and survival level English. The classes cover only very basic English phrases for shopping, banking, talking to a doctor, talking to your child’s teacher, etc.

Tutor Training:

If you are willing to give two hours of your time on a weekly or monthly basis, or would like to volunteer in any way for the ESL class, please contact the Family Literacy Librarian Bobbee Pennington via email at or at the Clara Mounce Library at (979) 209-5600.

Volunteer tutor training is available on an ongoing basis and also online.

ESL Orientation Slideshow