Literacy

Citizenship Classes

The Maud Marks Library has begun a new session of Citizenship Classes. These free classes, taught by a retired U.S. Immigration officer, will help with all aspects of the citizenship process. Topics covered will include preparing for the citizenship interview, application and filing instructions, and general knowledge of U.S. government and history.

You can attend all or just some of the classes which will meet from 6:30 - 8:30 January 26, & February 9, 16, and 23.

Harris County Public Library Seeks Citizenship Tutors

Would you consider helping someone become a U.S. Citizen?  A little of your time can make a huge difference.

Harris County Public Library will begin offering free citizenship classes this month.  We are in need of volunteers to help teach the classes in this program, to be held in various library locations.  Volunteers are required to attend a 3-hour HCPL Citizenship Tutor Training.  Training topics will include eligibility requirements, the citizenship process, the Naturalization test and Civics.

The initial training opportunity will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Parker Williams Branch Library, located at 10851 Scarsdale Boulevard, Suite 510, Houston, TX 77089.  For more information, or to register, call Alisha Hall at 713-749-9000 or email alisha_hall@hcpl.net.

 

Keep on reading through the Holidays


Encouraging a love for reading is one of the best gifts you can give your child. 

To help them keep their minds sharp during the winter break, sneak reading into their daily activities.  Here are a few fun tips from Baldwin Boettcher Library:

The Page Turners

All the Page Turners are thankful for the benefits of the book club;  the camaraderie, intellectual discussions, idea sharing and best of all the warm friendships.

Free Literacy Help @ North Channel Branch Library


Did you know that North Channel Library offers free Adult Literacy tutoring? If you or someone you know struggles with reading, wants to improve basic reading and writing skills, or to work towards obtaining a GED, our tutors would be happy to help! Contact a staff member to have a Literacy Assessment scheduled, and after it is performed our Literacy Team will place you with one of our volunteer Literacy tutors. Tutors meet with Literacy students one or two days per week for 1-2 hours, and continue tutoring sessions for at least 6 months or until the student's learning goals are met.

If you are interested in this program, or in becoming a tutor, please contact us by phone at: 281-457-1631, or visit us in person at: 15741 Wallisville Rd. Houston, TX 77049. You may also contact our Literacy and ESL Services Specialist here

Image courtesy of Bunches and Bits {Karina}

Welcome new citizens

Congratulations to Linh Nguyen (from left) and his citizenship students (also from left) Anh Tieu, Chi Tran, Diep Ho, Toan Nguyen, Dung Nguyen and Loi Nguyen.  They had become citizens in the past few months and got together to celebrate Citizenship and Constitution Day.  They meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the library.

Tutors Needed! A Little of Your Time Can Make a Huge Difference

The demand for Literacy and English as a Second Language instruction in Harris County is great, and we are trying to do our part to help meet that demand, but we can't do it without your help. Harris County Public Library is looking for people willing to share a little of their time to make a big difference in a neighbor's life. All we ask is that you attend one training session, and set aside 1 1/2 to 2 hours a week. We will supply all the materials you will need and a space at the library to meet with your student. No teaching experience is necessary. Please register for one of our upcoming tutor training sessions: 

If You Can Read This . . .

Reading 2September is National Literacy Month and Monday, September 8, is International Literacy Day.  Harris County is always looking for volunteers to teach adult literacy, English as a Second Language, and citizenship classes.  If you are interested, please contact your local

Help a Neighbor. Help your Community. Become a Volunteer ESL Tutor!

Do you want to do the kind of volunteer work that will let you see with your own two eyes the impact you’re having? If so, Harris County Public Library has a volunteer opportunity for you: become an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor! No teaching experience is necessary. We provide the materials and space at the library to meet with students. All you need is a desire to help your neighbors and 1½ to 2 hours per week of your own choosing.

Help a Neighbor. Help your Community. Become a Volunteer ESL Tutor!

Do you want to do the kind of volunteer work that will let you see with your own two eyes the impact you’re having? If so, Harris County Public Library has a volunteer opportunity for you: become an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor! No teaching experience is necessary. We provide the materials and space at the library to meet with students.

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