May 14 2016

LEARN Will Host an ESL Workshop at Schaumburg Library on October 5, 2016

LEARN will Host an ESL Workshop at Schaumburg Library, 130 S. Roselle Rd., on October 5, 2016, funded by a RAILS Networking CE grant. The workshop, called “Serving the Literacy/ESL User,” will include four one-hour presentations, plus an overview of our updated recommended resources list.

Laurie Martin, professional development specialist at the Adult Learning Resource Center in Arlington Heights will do two one-hour presentations: one on how to help ESL patrons with resources on job training and finding jobs that fit their skills and educational levels, and one on marketing and outreach strategies.
1) WorkNet, JobLink and Beyond: Resources for Work Readiness and Employment.
2) Reaching to Non-native English Speakers in Your Community.

Kristin Lahurd, Literacy and Diversity Officer, American Library Association will do a one-hour presentation on how libraries can be a conduit between local programs and potential ESL learners/library patrons integrated with how to build community partnerships and support. She will also discuss current trends in adult literacy and ESL programming.
3) Connecting ESL Learners to Local Literacy Programs and Building Community Literacy Partnerships.

Beth Paoli, Literacy Consultant, Illinois State Library, will present a workshop on how libraries and literacy programs can keep literacy alive during tough economic times through using grant resources, support services, partnership groups and other ideas for creative funding.
4) How to Keep Literacy Alive During Tough Economic Times.

Tentative Agenda
9:00 Welcome (Refreshments)
9:15 Job Training Resources for Immigrants (Laurie Martin)
10:15 Break
10:30 Marketing and Outreach for ESL (Laurie Martin)
11:30 Recommended Resources
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Partnering with Local Programs and Trends in ESL (Kristin Lahurd)
1:45 Break
2:00 Keeping Literacy Alive During Tough Economic Times (Beth Paoli)

Lunch Options
Attendees may bring their own lunch or opt to pay. Lunches include sandwich, chips, fruit and a cookie (plus two bottles of water). Visit to view sandwich choices. Then send your choice with a payment by check for $13 payable to “Schaumburg Township District Library” mailed to Helen Stewart c/o Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60193 by September 30.

To register, email Joe Popowitch at and indicate if you will be paying for lunch or bringing your own. You should receive a confirmation email within three days.

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March 5 2016

Spring 2016 LEARN Meeting Agenda

The Spring 2016 LEARN Meeting will be at Glenside Public Library District, 25 E. Fullerton Ave. in Glendale Heights on Tuesday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Below is the agenda for the meeting. LEARN created a recommended resources list for a workshop in 2010. We are looking to update that list for a workshop this fall. Please take a few minutes to look at the list and make any recommendations for additions or deletions to the list. We may include a section for Internet sites, too.

Update of Recommended Resources List
Discuss ESL Workshop to be Held in the Fall
Tour of the Glenside Library

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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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