Another success story involves Pratistha Khwaunju, a former professor of Botany at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, who came to the United States knowing three languages but who struggled to learn English. She heard about Yolo Reads at the Davis library and began meeting for two hours a week with Yolo Reads volunteer tutor, Kimberly Marrs. Kimberly assisted Pratistha in reading, writing, and speaking in English as well as sharing her own culture and helping her sign up for college classes. Pratistha went on to participate in the Adult Learner Leadership Institute (ALLI) in Chico where she learned about public speaking and self-confidence.
Pratistha says that "Thanks to the library, Yolo Reads, and ALLI Program, I feel more confident. I have been able to continue my education and meet local people. Through my experience I hope to pass the Naturalization Test, prepare for graduate school in 2020, and one day work in a lab or school. I want to thank everyone because without the resources of the library, I would continue to feel frustrated. I would not be who I am today."