New ESL group at Glenside Public Library District

Saturday Morning ESL Group

Practice reading and speaking simple English at this free drop-in ESL group.  This group focuses more on practical everyday topics.  Activities include reading and practicing conversation.  Meetings take place in the Library’s Board Room.  Our next meetings are July 9 and August 13 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and September 10, October 8, and November 12 from 10 to 11 a.m.  Please contact Glenside’s Adult Services Department at 630-260-1550 for more information.


Dave Jansen, Adult Services Librarian
Glenside Public Library District
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

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Maywood Public Library’s Literacy Pages

Victor at Maywood Public Library wanted to share some of the literacy web pages they have on their site. See below.

Here is the link to the webpage that I brought for everyone on Tuesday:

This is our webpage on our Spanish materials:

Here is our brief Cinco de Mayo webpage, which will be up until Monday:

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Mango Languages

If there are any libraries in the Chicago area which have the database Mango Languages, please let me know. I am making a list for School on Wheels.

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Calvary To Start Conversational English Group

Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 107 N. Wood Dale Road in Wood Dale, is beginning a Conversational English Group in January.  Individuals with a basic understanding of English are invited to come practice and improve their speaking skills.  There is a one-time registration fee of $10, which will cover the cost of materials.

The group will meet every Wednesday morning from 9:30 until 11:00 am, beginning on January 12 and continuing through May 25.  Childcare may be available if needed.  For more information, or to register for the group, please contact the Church Secretary at (630) 766-2838.

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Borders Literacy Donation Program

For the eighth year, Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, The Illinois Literacy Foundation and BORDERS stores are collaborating to raise funds for local literacy programs and promote literacy awareness in Illinois. From October 5 through November 1, 2010, BORDERS customers will be given the opportunity to add a dollar or more to their purchases to benefit literacy programs. BORDERS cashiers will ask customers at the time of their purchase if they wish to make a donation. The Illinois Literacy Foundation selects the recipients and matches them with their respective BORDERS stores. Thirty BORDERS stores, one BORDERS Express and one Waldenbooks store are participating in this year’s program.

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America’s Literacy Directory

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Office of Citizenship has partnered with the National Institute for Literacy to expand America’s Literacy Directory to include listings of local citizenship classes. America’s Literacy Directory,, is a free website that lists adult literacy class offerings (searchable by zip code) in communities nationwide.

If your organization offers adult citizenship, English as a second language, EL-Civics classes, or other adult education services, please add your program’s information to the America’s Literacy Directory.

The process is simple. You can input your organization’s information directly into the America’s Literacy Directory website through: The attached instructions will guide you through this process. You may also call 1-877-810-1826 if you have questions or need technical assistance.

Please input your information by September 30, 2010. Also, please continue to update your program information on a regular basis to ensure users have access to accurate information on classes in their community.

Thank you for your assistance with this important effort to help immigrants find opportunities to prepare for naturalization and citizenship. Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues.


USCIS Office of Citizenship

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Guest Speaker’s Video

Emmett Lombard will be one of the guest speaker’s at the next LEARN meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 1-4 p.m. at Berwyn Public Library.
Emmett Lombard is a Librarian, Webmaster, and English Instructor at Gannon University. He describes his book, Pursuing Information Literacy: Roles and Relationships,  in a youtube video.

Reading his book in advance will help us be ready to participate in our dialogue with him about Information Literacy, public librarianship, and serving the ESL patron.


Esther Chase
Berwyn Library

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College of DuPage ESL Books for Summer 2010

Here is the list of the books which COD will be using for their ESL classes this summer. You may want to consider purchasing some of these titles which students will no doubt be interested in checking out.

Level 1

Bassano, Sharron. First Class Reader. Burlingame, CA: Alta Book Center Publishers, 1994.


Heinle Picture Dictionary. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2005.


Level 2

Heyer, Sandra. All New Very Easy True Stories. White Plains, NY: Pearson/Longman, 2006.


Heinle Picture Dictionary. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2005.


Level 3

Cassriel, Betsy. Stories Worth Reading, Book 1. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2006.


Level 4

Cassriel, Betsy. Stories Worth Reading, Book 2. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2006.


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