Literacy

Upcoming ESL Tutor Training Sessions

Atascocita Branch Library
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
3:00 PM -- 8:00 PM

Katy Branch Library
Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:00 AM -- 3:00 PM

More training sessions are planned at North Channel, Kingwood and Evelyn Meador Branch Libraries. Dates and times to be announced.

To register for any of these training sessions, call 713-274-6600

Upcoming Tutor Training: May - June 2015.

For more information and to register for any of the training sessions below, please contact Literacy Services Specialist, Alisha Hall: 713-749-9000 or alisha.hall@hcpl.net.

ESL Tutor Training
Thursday, May 7, 2015
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library
22248 Aldine Westfield Road
Humble, TX 77338

ESL Tutor Training
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Evelyn Meador Branch Library
2400 North Meyer Road
Seabrook, TX 77586

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: 

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

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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.

HCPL Volunteer Literacy Tutor Training Coming Soon

Did you know that one out of five Texans cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application or help with their children's homework? Illiteracy is one of the biggest challenges facing America, but you can be part of the solution. Become a volunteer literacy tutor at Harris County Public Library.

Volunteer ESL Tutors Needed! Training Sessions March 21 & 29

There are a lot of very good reasons to become a volunteer English as a second language tutor at Harris County Public Library. One of the best is that with a small investment of your time each week you can make a huge difference in one of your neighbors' lives--and no experience is necessary. On March 21 and 29, HCPL is offering free training sessions that will give you all the tools you'll need. 

To register for one of the training sessions below, or for more information, please call the library, or call or email the literacy coordinator at 713-749-9035.

September is National Literacy Awareness Month

National Literacy Awareness Month Logo This September, the Houston Center for Literacy and Harris County Public Library want you to recognize the importance of literacy in your life, and to encourage you to share the gift of literacy by helping someone in your own community learn to read.

Take just a moment to think about how your ability to read has broadened your own world. Think of all the books that have entertained you, educated you, and changed your life for the better. Now, think about everything you’ve read today: the email, the street signs, the instructions for that new gadget, the expiration date on a can of tuna. Now think about how much harder your life would be if you could not read.

Finally, think about this: 1 out of 5 of your neighbors is functionally illiterate. That means that more than 400,000 of us who call Houston home cannot fill out a job application, read a bank statement or help their children with homework. 400,000 people.

Share a Book (or the Ability to Read It)

Christopher and Walter Dean MyersThis story from StoryCorps, told by beloved author Walter Dean Myers, is an excellent reminder that someone close to us -- a co-worker, family member or friend  -- may desire assistance with reading, and also a reminder to never miss an opportunity to read aloud. Volunteer as a tutor through the library literacy program or call Literacy Advance of Houston or the

Wordless picture books for class or home

Picture books without words offer a variety of activities for both ESL students and basic literacy learners who have children. Better yet, most of these books have such engaging stories that they are appropriate for learners with children at any age.  Those learners in a class who do not have children would find them interesting as well.
 
For example, have ESL students look over a few pages in pairs or as a class to identify key characters and events. Review this vocabulary.

HCDE Head Start Names HCPL '2010 Outstanding Community Partner'

HCDE Head Start Honors

Harris County Department of Education Head Start honored the Harris County Public Library as the 2010 Outstanding Community Partner at its Community Partnership Luncheon in February.

Community partner organizations and businesses provide in-kind gifts and services to HCDE’s 17 Head Start centers in northeast Harris County. Over a dozen were honored at the luncheon.

The Harris County Public Library was honored for extraordinary and unique contributions to Head Start and its families. Seven Head Start sites within the library’s service area are included in the library system’s “Reading is Fundamental Program.” Children at the centers receive three books a year during story time and participate in activities developed around the book’s theme.

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