New Americans Program

The Palo Alto City Library welcomes all newcomers, visitors and residents to our community:

  • Vision: a flourishing city where people achieve their dreams
  • Mission: connect and strengthen our diverse community through knowledge, resources, and opportunities. We inspire and nurture innovation, discovery, and delight.

We hope that the Library is the first place a newcomer visits and uses our resources, locations, collections and programs to fulfill their dreams.


  • Welcome to America: This family program series is designed for new Americans and visitors to learn the customs and values of their new home. The series will run March-December 2016 on the 4th Thursday of every month. Each session will focus on a selected topic and will include a short presentation, followed by an activity for the whole family.
  • ESL Conversation Group: The adult program to practice speaking and listening in English.
  • Beyond the Basics: Eight-week course adult program to learn pronunciation and expression for advanced ESL speakers.
  • ESL Book Club: ESL speakers will be introduced to easy-to-read books in English and  have a chance to talk about the book they are reading.

See a list of our upcoming New Americans programs.


Materials in Your Language

The Library provides materials in multiple languages, including:

Visit our Library catalog to find books in the above languages.

Citizenship & Immigration Resources

Learn English

  • Mango Languages offers a number of online courses in various native languages and is a great resource for learning English.
  • Learning Express provides an online Adult Learning Center, where you can improve your English reading and writing skills and take practice citizenship courses.

Palo Alto Community Resources

Upcoming Programs

Last Updated: May 2, 2017
Festival of Lights: A Diwali Celebration
SUNDAY, October 29 - Come celebrate Diwali at the Palo Alto City Library! We'll have music, dancing, henna, crafts and lots more for the whole family to enjoy!
IMage of Diwali candles and mandala

The Big City Diaspora Stories
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 - The Big City Diaspora Stories: Art - A Form of Storytelling

Welcome to America!
FOURTH THURSDAYS OF THE MONTH, 7-8:30 p.m. - Monthly program where New Americans and visitors learn about the customs and values of their new home.
Welcome to America

Retirement and Your Next Stage of Life
SEPTEMBER 11 - OCTOBER 16 - Are you a little anxious or confused about retirement? This free five-part workshop provides a roadmap to help you successfully transition into retirement and your next stage of life.
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Book Clubs at the Library
Looking for a book club to join? The library has several options for a wide range of ages and interests!
Book Clubs @ the Library with club names

ESL Conversation Group
WEDNESDAYS, 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Come and practice speaking and listening in English!
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