NEW READ/OC Literacy Collection at OCPL

More than 500 new adult literacy books have been added to the regular OC Public Libraries circulating collection!

Unlike the materials in the literacy centers (which are still available for tutors and learners to check out via the “honors system”) these new titles are part of the regular OC Public Libraries catalog. That means they can be searched, checked out, requested, or reserved just like any other book in the library!

The new collection will be housed at the following branches:

·        Aliso Viejo

·        Costa Mesa

·        Dana Point

·        El Toro

·        Foothill Ranch

·        Fountain Valley

·        Garden Grove Regional

·        Irvine Heritage Park

·        Irvine Katie Wheeler

·        La Habra

·        Ladera Ranch

·        Laguna Niguel

·        Rancho Santa Margarita

·        San Clemente

·        San Juan Capistrano

·        Tustin

·        Westminster

Don’t live near one of these branches? Not to worry! You can place a hold and pick up the book at your nearest OCPL location.

To find books in the literacy collection, go the OCPL catalog and select “Power Search”. In the “location” field, select “Literacy Materials”, and click “search”. You can then search for specific goal related topics (such as spelling, writing, money, health, parenting, employment, etc.) within the literacy results.

Coming soon: Even more new hi-lo fiction books available for your e-reader!

Reports & Forms 

Helpful Links

General Information

ProLiteracy America
Includes statistics and resources related to adult literacy issues nationally and internationally, along with advocacy information, and links to literacy programs throughout the United States, a variety of literacy and tutor resources, including New Readers Press publications.

ProLiteracy Education Network
Adult literacy resources formerly provided by, including online courses for adult learners, tutors, and other literacy volunteers.

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN)
The adult education and literacy providers’ support services, which include electronic collaboration, access to information, and technical support.  For tutors, this site provides teaching and training tools, a lesson plan builder, information about distance learning, an adult education dictionary, and adult education links.

Citizenship & Civic Education

US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Information on the citizenship process, official forms, video presentations, free study materials including the 100 tests that will appear on the citizenship test.

Easy Voter Guide
non-partisan, easy-to-read information about elections, how to contact elected officials, and how to participate as an involved citizen in your local community

Orange County Registrar of Voters
Information on voter registration, vote-by mail, location of polling places, or volunteer to work an election

Community Services

Orange County 2-1-1
Information on community services in OC – how to get and give help

Computer Skills

Mouse tutorial
Easy to follow mouse tutorial for beginners, as well as games to practice mouse skills

Typing tutorial
Learn to type with basic sequential exercises for beginners.

Power Typing
Typing lessons and games for Qwerty and Dvorak keyboards


Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
Search for definitions, audio pronunciation of words, and word usage

Employment & Job Skills

OneStop Centers
Sponsored by the US Department of Labor. Explore career options, review your resume, start a job search, and find local services.

California Employment Development Department (EDD) 
Employment skill resources and helpful information for job searches, resumes, job applications, interview and employment skills.  

Sponsored by the California Employment Development Department (EDD). Provides employment skill resources and helpful information for job searches, resumes, job applications, interview and employment skills.


USA learns
Free self-guided courses for beginning through intermediate ESL learners. Users will need to create a free online account.

Extensive list of dialogues, short stories, grammar exercises, and readings for adults.

English Listening Library Online
Text, videos, audio, quizzes, vocabulary, games, and more.

The Internet TESL Journal for Teachers of English as a Second Language 

Articles, research papers, lessons plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas, and links for ESL teachers. Much of this material applies primarily to a classroom setting, but some can also be used to enhance tutoring.

EL Civics
Lessons and resources on civics, history, government, life skills, etc. for ESL learners.


Family Literacy & Parenting Resources

Sesame Street “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” Program 
Free downloadable school readiness kits, including math and everyday learning activities.

Discovery Education   
Provides free family learning resources for teachers, parents and children of all ages. Includes homework help, webmath, and puzzlemaker programs.

Financial Literacy

My Money
Financial education basics from various federal agencies help make smart financial choices for events such as buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k).

Practical Money Skills
Articles, calculators, lesson plans, games, and more for tutors and learners.

Games & Puzzles

Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more, using your own word lists.

Generate free crossword puzzles or word searches using your learner’s own sight words.


GED Testing Service 
The official GED Testing Service website includes information about the structure and background of the test, as well as resources for students and educators.

CA Department of Education GED site
Information about local testing centers and FAQ’s.

Health Literacy

Medline Plus
Simple articles on a wide range of health topics from the National Institute of Health.

Articles, answers, and advice for parents, kids, teens, and educators.


News For You
Easy reader newspaper for adults. Call READ/OC at (714)566-3070 for this week’s password.

Stories with Audio

California Distance Learning Project 
Stories with audio and/or video for adult learners on a variety of life skills and adult interest topics.

English Listening Library Online 
Text, videos, audio, quizzes, vocabulary, games, and more. Intended for ESL learners, but may be appropriate for a wide range of adult learners.

Volunteering & Community Engagement

Find local volunteer opportunities in your area of interest. A great way to practice English conversation with like-minded community members.

Formerly the Volunteer Center of Orange County. Find local volunteer opportunities in your area of interest. A great way to practice English conversation with like-minded community members.

Orange County United Way
Find local volunteer opportunities in your area of interest. A great way to practice English conversation with like-minded community members.

Connect with local clubs of individuals that share your interests. A great way to make friends and practice English conversation.


Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Writing assistance, grammar and mechanics, exercises, style guides, and other resources ranging from college level through resources for parents and adult learners.