May 27 2015

Fall 2015 LEARN Meeting

The Fall LEARN Meeting will be at Schaumburg Library on  Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 1-4 p.m. The first hour will be a luncheon to celebrate the upcoming retirement of Pat Barch, and also a time for networking.


1:00 Retirement Celebration for Pat Barch
2:00 Introductions
2:20 Discussion of Creating Committees for LEARN
2:45 Possibility of Hosting an ESL Workshop
3:00 Break
3:15 Resource Sharing

The past few meetings have been packed full of presentations. The fall meeting will offer much more time for asking questions, networking, and recommending resources. Please bring an item to recommend: a book, CD, DVD, brochure, website, classification system, idea, etc.

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February 15 2015

Agenda for Spring 2015 LEARN Meeting

The Spring 2015 LEARN Meeting will be at Skokie Public Library on Tuesday, April 7, from 2-4 p.m. Below is the agenda. Our two main topics of discussion are ESL Conversation Groups and ESL Labs.

During the recommended resources portion of the meeting, instead of opening it up to any type of recommendation, we were hoping to focus on ESL readers (books for ESL learners to read). So, please share your thoughts on any ESL readers in your collection that you would like to recommend.

We have added a brief 15-minute intermission into the meeting for refreshments and networking.

2:00 Introductions
2:15 ESL Conversation Groups: What Works and What Doesn’t: Carol Garcia (Literacy DuPage)
2:45 Update on National Literacy Directory
2:55 Refreshment Break & Networking
3:10 Presentation on Literacy/ESL Labs: Pat Barch (Schaumburg Library) and Katalin Zsupan (Arlington Heights Library)
3:40 Recommended Resources: Spotlight on ESL Readers

Thank you.

Joe Popowitch
Indian Prairie Library
630-887-8760 ext. 240


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September 10 2014

Agenda for Fall 2014 LEARN Meeting

The Fall 2014 LEARN meeting will be at Glen Ellyn Public Library on Tuesday, October 21 from 2-4 p.m. Below is the agenda.

I. Introductions

II. ILEAD U Grant: Kathy Dowd of Harper College will talk about the ILEAD U grant she received, and we will discuss ideas for a joint ILEAD U grant for LEARN members.

III. Pulling the ESL Collection Off Dewey: Member librari es will discuss how they have switched from Dewey to natural language classification.

IV. Resource Sharing: Bring a resource to recommend (book, DVD, CD, website, brochure, idea, etc.).

If you think you can make it, please let me know at

Thank you!

Joe Popowitch
Indian Prairie Library
630-887-8760 ext. 240

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May 28 2014

Citizenship 101 and Free Legal Consultations for Immigrants

Citizenship Resources at Indian Prairie Library
401 Plainfield Road, Darien, IL

Citizenship Help
We have a new “citizenship corner” with books, DVDs, CDs, links to helpful citizenship sites, and brochures for local groups to help immigrants study for citizenship. Funds for these materials and programs were awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

Citizenship 101
Sat., June 14, 1–4 p.m.
An officer from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will briefly review the citizenship process, the USCIS website, and discuss citizenship interviews.
Register online at, by calling 630/887-8760 ext. 239, or at the Ask Us Desk.

Free Legal Consultations for Immigrants
Tues., Aug. 19, 9 a.m.–noon
Free half-hour legal consultations on immigrant issues will be provided by World Relief DuPage. Call the Ask Us Desk at 630/887-8760 ext. 239 to make an appointment.

Adult Services iPads
Adult Services has two iPads which can be used in the library. They include apps for ESL, citizenship, geography, grammar, and more. Check them out at the Computer Help Desk.

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April 25 2014

People’s Resource Center Job Posting for Literacy Coordinator

People’s Resource Center
Job Posting
Literacy Coordinator

People’s Resource Center (PRC) is a 39-year not-for-profit social service organization. PRC serves DuPage County residents in need of basic services (food, clothing, housing and emergency financial assistance) and empowerment services (ESL, computer training, job search assistance, and art enrichment). PRC serves over 31,000 people per year, has an annual operating budget of $2.8 million, and has 33 employees and over 1,900 volunteers. PRC is hiring a Literacy Coordinator to work 30 hours/week to coordinate the activities of the Literacy Program according to program goals and strategies. This position receives full benefits.

Summary of Responsibilities
• Contribute to Literacy Program conception, design, and functionality
• Ensure complete screening and registration for clients seeking literacy services in collaboration with administrative support staff
• Provide specialized support to ABE and GED classes and tutoring
• Supervise open classroom sessions by providing intensive support to volunteers and prompt assessment of client needs
• Create, coordinate, provide and/or supervise training and workshops for Literacy Program volunteers
• Assist Program Director in developing, maintaining and communicating training and development materials for clients and volunteers to ensure an effective and progressive Literacy Program
• In collaboration with Volunteer Coordinator, identify, implement and improve upon the process of recruiting and screening literacy program volunteers
• Interview, select, orient, train, support and recognize Literacy Program volunteers
• Monitor, evaluate and coach volunteers in methods to improve tutoring effectiveness
• Maintain and utilize an effective and accurate computerized system of data for the Literacy Program
• In collaboration with Community Partnerships Coordinator, assist in maintaining high levels of enrollment and positive relationships and partnerships with community organizations

Summary of Requirements
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in education, English or other related field
• 3 years’ experience working in an education setting required; preferably with adults
• Experience working with linguistically and culturally diverse client population highly desirable.
• Experience working with volunteers preferred
Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
• Possess an interest in promoting adult literacy education; compassion for the struggles of adult learners
• Good verbal and written communication skills; Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to effectively promote PRC and the Adult Learning and Literacy Program to other organizations
• Ability to supervise a volunteer staff
• Ability to respond appropriately in varied situations.
• Bilingual/bicultural, highly desirable
• Intermediate knowledge of MS Word, Outlook and Internet search engines; Basic knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint; MS Access preferred
• Must have a valid Illinois driver’s license and own transportation

All candidates must be committed to PRC’s mission, vision, and community focus; be able to work independently, with a team, with volunteers & with diverse groups of people.
To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to
No phone calls, no faxes please.
People’s Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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March 5 2014

Spring 2014 LEARN Meeting Agenda

Below is the agenda for the spring LEARN meeting. It will be at the Harper satellite, the Northeast Center located at 1375 S. Wolf Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60007. The  number is 847.925.6000 ext. 2486, and Kathy Dowd is the contact person if you have questions about the site. The meeting will be Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 2-4 p.m.

Please email if you think you can attend.

Meeting Agenda
2:00     Introductions
2:15     Margaret McGowan from the Adult Education Department will give an overview of
           Harper College’s ESL Resources
3:00     Discuss Updating the LEARN Website
3:15     Discuss Updating our Recommended Resources
3:30     Investigate Grant Opportunities
3:45     Follow up on Citizenship Corners

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