For ten years, English Exchange has brought together friends from all over the globe with one goal: to learn English! When asked to comment on English Exchange, a student said, “I come because I need conversation in order to improve my knowledge and my pronunciation. Every week I learn something new.” English Exchange is sponsored by the Adult Literacy Project of the Palm Beach County Library System (PBCLS) and allows students to improve their conversational English skills in a fun and informal atmosphere.

Since its inception in May of 2006, there have been more than 1,750 sessions at PBCLS branches. Thanks to a series of Literacy*AmeriCorps grants, more than 10,600 students have taken advantage of this free program. This year’s AmeriCorp instructor, Tim Bowman, said “I have come to know 145 students from 29 different countries who speak a total of 16 languages. Between the songs, games and articles, we have a great time.”

Along with learning English, students are amazed to discover the online learning opportunities that the Library has to offer. Basic ESL, Transparent Language Online, and Learning Express databases allow students to continue their studies at a time and place that is convenient. Call 561-894-7529 to learn more or visit to start your journey today!

Happy 10th Anniversary, English Exchange!