Summer LEARN Meeting Tuesday, June 22 from 2-3:30 via Zoom

Tentative Agenda
Collection Development
Key ESL Resources When Starting a Collection
Publisher List
Recommended Resources

Please bring a resource to recommend (book, DVD, website, app, service, brochure, program, idea, etc.). If you don’t have anything to recommend, bring your questions.

Contact Joe Popowitch at if you plan to come.

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Fall 2020 LEARN Meeting

The Fall 2020 LEARN Meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. This meeting will be very informal. Mainly we will discuss how libraries are providing services during these difficult times. Contact Joe Popowitch to receive the Zoom link.

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Spring 2020 LEARN Meeting

The next LEARN meeting will be Tuesday, April 14, from 2-4 p.m. at Lisle Library District. We will spend the first half of the meeting talking about recommended resources. So, please bring something to share. It can be a book, DVD, app, flyer, website, idea, etc. If you are new and do not have anything to share, bring a question. Please let me know if you plan to attend at

In addition, we will also be discussing updating the LEARN website and the recommended resources lists. In conjunction with this, we would like to create recommended bundles of ESL resources that libraries should have depending upon if they are in a small, medium, or large library. In other words, if you only have one shelf of materials, here is a list of the essential resources you should have. If you have a medium-sized library, you should have this larger list, and so on.

Finally, we will discuss the possibility of hosting another ESL workshop for Spring 2021, which would involve inviting speakers. Who might we invite to speak? What else should the workshop include?


2:00 Introductions/Recommended Resources

3:00 Break/Networking

3:15 Mentoring/ESL Bundles

3:30 Website

3:45 ESL Workshop/Volunteers for Committee

4:00 Optional Tour of the Lisle ESL Collection

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Summer 2019 LEARN Meeting

The Fall 2019 LEARN Meeting will be replaced by a joint WLNG (World Languages Networking Group), Business Interest Group, and LEARN meeting on August 8, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Vernon Area Library. The meeting will explore ways in which ELL and business services have merged (e.g. new arrivals on visa, entrepreneurs and business owners, or even legal or immigration resources).

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Spring 2019 LEARN Meeting

The Spring 2019 LEARN Meeting will be at Skokie Library on April 16 from 2-4 p.m.

The topic will be how to market or promote our ESL, citizenship, and related collections. Rather than a presentation, the meeting will follow more of a discussion format. Below are some examples of marketing that have been discussed in the past. If you have examples of these or other types of marketing, please be ready to share them with the group. If you are new to the group, please bring your questions.

  1. Market to your staff. Promote the Library’s ability to serve this clientele during staff meetings. Show what kinds of materials you have in the collection so they can direct patrons to the appropriate service desk.
  2. Text Tips. Keep any text in plain fonts like Arial or Times New Roman. Fancy letters and fonts are hard to read for someone who doesn’t know the language.
  3. Pictures are helpful. Keep language as simple and clear as possible — it will be easier for the relative or friend who may need to translate it.
  4. Bookmarks, Posters, Brochures, Signs, Exhibit Cases. Use words and language your intended audience will understand or recognize.
  5. Special Events. Promote literacy and ESL through special events. September 8 is International Literacy Day, April 30 is El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), National Library Week, Family Reading Night, etc. Send a press release to the local newspaper.
  6. Train your staff on conducting a reference interview with this clientele. Have some sample scripts on hand, if necessary.
  7. Communities of Faith. A letter or brochure describing resources available at your library. Encourage their members’ help in identifying and referring neighbors to your library.
  8. Host a program for an agency serving your area. Examples include a tutor training workshop or a conversation café!
  9. Area schools, community colleges, social service agencies. Promote services and resources to these and other community groups, encouraging them to make referrals to your library.
  10. Links on Website. Provide links to literacy and ESL resources on library’s website. Begin with links to LEARN and agencies serving your area.
  11. Library Newsletter. Use your newsletter to raise awareness among your patrons, promoting literacy and ESL resources, services or events.
  12. Do promotion at schools
  13. Set up table at local fest or events
  14. Post flyers in library, park district, grocery stores, email to schools, downtown shops, etc.
  15. Contact ESL programs in your area and invite them to your library for a tour.
  16. Collect emails to send reminders
  17. Reflejo newspaper
  18. Local newspaper.
  19. Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  20. Chamber of Commerce/Businesses
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Fall 2018 LEARN Meeting

The Fall 2018 LEARN Meeting will be at Joliet Public Library, Ottawa St. Branch (150 North Ottawa Street, Joliet, Illinois) on Tuesday, October 16 from 2-4 p.m.

2:00 Introductions
2:10 Charlene Choi of the Hanul Family Alliance
2:40 Brian Delli of the Joliet Area Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Neighborhood Affairs
3:00 Break
3:15 Spanish Community Center: Vernica Gloria, executive Director, on the Spanish Community Center in general
and Sylvia Acosta Chavez will speak on Family Advocacy
3:35 Jose E. Vera of the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project
3:55 Wrap Up
4:00 Tour of the Library (Optional)

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Spring 2018 LEARN Meeting

The Spring 2018 LEARN Meeting will be Tuesday, April 17 from 2-4 p.m. at Indian Trails Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling.

Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation Program at Addison Public Library by Brooke Sievers
Libraries as Safe Havens for Immigrants by Jean Demas
Tour of Indian Trails Library

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FCC Consumer Guides in Various Languages

FCC’s Top Five Consumer Guides: Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean


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Fall 2017 LEARN Meeting

The Fall 2017 LEARN Meeting will be at the White Oak Library in Lockport located at 121 East 8th Street, Lockport. The meeting will be on Wed., Nov. 1 from 2-4 p.m. The Library parking lot is located directly across the street from the entrance on 8th Street.


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Spring 2017 LEARN Meeting

The Spring LEARN Meeting will be Tuesday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. at Arlington Heights Library. We will discuss which types of online products seem to work best for our ESL populations, with everyone sharing experiences with current resources being used in their libraries.

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