English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

OCPL locations offer a variety of resources to help adults learn English and improve reading, writing and speaking skills.

Conversation Groups

Conversation groups are offered at a few OCPL locations, for those who wish to practice their English speaking and listening skills.

Baldwinsville Public Library

Thursdays *-currently suspended due to covid-19
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Please call the library at 315-635-5631 for information.

Central Library & Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville

Mondays 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:45 PM
* currently being offered over Zoom
Adults who wish to join a class should call 315-435-1835 for details.

Cicero NOPL

Thursdays *-currently being offered over Zoom
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

No registration required.
Please call the library at 315-699-2032 for information

Manlius Library

Tuesdays and Thursdays *-currently suspended due to covid-19
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

No registration required.
Please call the library at 315-682-6400 for information.

White Branch Library

Saturdays*-currently suspended due to covid-19
11:30 AM

No registration required.
Anyone looking to practice speaking English to improve their language skills is invited to join the library’s free English Language Conversation Group. Topics involve small talk, American customs and common expressions. This will help grow vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and speaking skills. Learners of all levels are welcome to participate in this casual environment.

Free Syracuse City School District English language classes will teach grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing so that non-native speakers will learn to more clearly and effectively communicate in everyday situations.
There are 2 classes that meet daily.
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

To join the ESL Class, register at Bob’s School, 1700 Butternut St., 315-435-5801.


Central Library

Books and audio/visual materials that help adults learn English and improve reading, writing and speaking skills are available for use or loan at the Central Library. See the Additional Literacy Resources section of the OCPL site for more resources. Literacy staff are available to orient customers to the collection and provide suggestions of helpful materials. Literacy staff are also available by appointment.

Job Skills & Information

These books will help you when you are learning about different jobs or improving your English skills for the workplace.

English Language Learning Kits

These books are best for independent study; they include an audio CD so you can hear the lessons spoken aloud.

ESOL Programs Available at These Libraries