OVL Cape Cod Literacy Project

Childhood literacy and literacy among non- English speaking residents of Cape Cod are both enduring casualties of the 2020 Covid Pandemic. Programs such as “Cape Literacy” have to date not regrouped to provide the essential community resource of reading, writing and language skills.

By employing its staff, a committed volunteer base and its considerable online tutorial resources, the
Osterville Village Library has created the OVL-Cape Cod Literacy Project to fill this void in communities
across the Cape.

Transparent Language also offers Extensive English collection: With paired English materials for speakers of 30+ languages, intermediate- and advanced-level courses, an American Citizenship Test Prep course, and more, we have the tools for every English learner. Click here to get started.  Portuguese Instructions | Spanish Instructions






OVL currently provides access to thousands of online courses in Portuguese, Spanish and ther languages. These video courses in business, software, technology, and creative skills, are taught by recognized industry experts. You need a CLAMS library card issue by OVL to access. Udemy Database. Remote access is available.


Library books available for checkout include the Wonderbook that reads to you and our growing collection of bilingual books. Coming soon are the Launchpads for English learners. All of our tools available inside the library are adaptable for all ages.


Earn your diploma online, reach your education and career goals with Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School, an accredited high school completion program available free to eligible adults through the library. Earn your diploma online, on your terms, and graduate ready for your next step. The program is self-paced and can be completed in up to 24 months. Participants can graduate in less time with transfer credits. Students have access to unlimited one-on-one tutoring sessions and support from success coaches. Remote access is available. Get Started.


The Civics and Citizenship Toolkit is the perfect resource to help organizations start or build a citizenship education program for immigrants

The toolkit contains educational materials to help lawful permanent residents learn more about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process. Many of the products can also serve as supplemental teaching tools in a citizenship education class.

NEW Books:

-Short Stories in English for Beginners by Olly Richards

-English for Everyone: Beginner by DK

-English for Everyone: Intermediate/Advanced by DK

-ESL Role Plays by Larry Pitts

-Practical English Usage by Michael Swan

Links to Get Started!


OVL extends heartfelt gratitude to the Quinn El-Fayoumy Fund for Osterville, the Lois Ord Gillian Fund, and the Ruckert Family Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation for their generous grant. This support enables us to offer a range of services dedicated to advancing English learning.

Multilingual Resources: This link offers information in several languages on a variety of naturalization-related topics such as citizenship, Green Cards, employee verification, biometrics, how to report fraud and avoid immigration scams, and humanitarian programs. These resources are also available in American Sign Language, braille, and large print. 

This site translates  materials into other languages to help people with limited English skills. If there are differences between English and another language, the English version is the official version. Click to Get Started

Beginner Level ESL: Online Resources

"Many Things" for Level 1: This is a good place to start for students who need help with English basics like spelling and literacy-related topics.

USALearns: Use this free resource to improve English skills while learning about civics related topics.

Voices of America: Free videos introduce English through conversation (they have intermediate and advanced levels too!)

Grammar Test: Choose the “easy” option to test grammar skills.

ESL Listening Lab: For practice with basic listening skills. Choose the "easy" option from “Listening Activities”. Don’t miss the “self-study” link.