Welcome to the USA


You asked us to provide new immigrants with information on citizenship, English Language Learning (ELL), employment, public schooling, health and safety, available social services, and any other topics needed to participate successfully in American life.


ELL Tutoring

Study English with a volunteer tutor. Volunteer 1:1 with a new American.

Want to to sign up? Get the details in the ELL program brochure.

Based on the Intercambio model developed in Boulder, CO, volunteer tutors are trained and then matched with adult learners. Students take a placement test to determine which of the six levels of the curriculum is appropriate for them.

The curriculum uses a communicative approach which incorporates all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Lesson content focuses on practical knowledge and skills for living in the USA.


Citizenship Class

Want to become a U.S. citizen?

This class will help you pass the citizenship exam and complete the application. The class and all study materials are free of charge. Even if you aren’t yet eligible to apply, you are welcome to attend. The class is informal, we laugh together and support each other.

Wednesdays 9/12 – 12/12. Join at any time.

To avoid scams and delays, file online with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  (in Spanish) for Green Cards and Naturalization.


Learn English with Pronunciator

Pronunciator is a fun and free program and a library database

Learn 80 languages with

  • self-directed lessons
  • live teachers, movies, music
  • movies
  • music


You can learn English using your own language to help you!


Study for the U.S. Citizenship Test

Brainfuse, one of the Library’s databases, offers a free online course to ready yourself for the U.S. citizenship test.

Sign in with your library card (all the numbers, no spaces, and no slash), click Adult Learners, and choose Prepare for the US Citizenship Test.

Citizenship Works is an online service that guides you safely through every step of your citizenship application.

Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options. The online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations are always free to use.


Multi-Ethnic Group Of People Holding The Word English


The Library has many resources that can be of help to someone learning English including Spanish / English books, audiobooks, DVD’s, and children’s books and books about immigration and citizenship.

Find these items in the Welcome to the USA section on the first floor or ask a librarian for help.

Upstairs, the library has first-come, first-serve study rooms which are a quiet place to study with Pronunciator’s audio and listening features.

For information about any of these programs, please contact the Library’s ELL Outreach Coordinator dlaughlin@estesvalleylibrary.org or (970) 586-8116 x834.