literacy

An HCPL ESL Student Tells About Her Experience Learning English

Lives are changed in small and large ways every day at Harris County Public Library and libraries all over the world, Most of the time even we who work there don't see it. A student aces a chemistry test because she found a quiet place to study, a reluctant reader stumbles upon that book that fits like a second skin and begins a lifetime love of reading. A recently laid off oil worker brushes up on interview skills at a Workforce Solution program at his local branch and lands the job that turns into a career. So we were delighted recently when a student in one of HCPL's free ESL classes, Leonor Paez, wrote a lovely testimonial about her experience learning English and the many ways her volunteer tutor, Ann Sullivan, has helped her. Leonor has graciously allowed us to share her letter with you.

To learn more about HCPL's ESL and Adult Basic Education programs including how you can become a volunteer tutor, visit our Literacy & ELA page or call 713-274-6600.

 

 

 

Looking for Little Buddies!

 

It's time to sign up your little ones for our Book Buddies program!


Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and adults together to share the joy of reading. It pairs trained adult volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in K-3rd grades (Little Buddies.) For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.


Our meetings will be Mondays at 5:00pm. The dates for the program are 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17.


Applications for the Little Buddies can be obtained at the Katy Branch Library. Please contact Children's Librarian, Misty Wright with any questions. misty.wright@hcpl.net. 

Make a difference in your community

Volunteer instructors are needed to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, citizenship, and adult literacy in our community.  Training and materials are provided along with flexible scheduling. Make a difference in your community today. If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor for ESL, citizenship, or literacy classes, please contact the Northwest Branch Library for more information.You can reach us at 281-890-2665 or you can email us at NW@HCPL.NET .

Make a Difference in Your Community!

Volunteer instructors are needed to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, citizenship, and adult literacy in our community.  Training and materials are provided along with flexible scheduling. Make a difference in your community today. If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor for ESL, citizenship, or literacy classes, please contact the Northwest Branch Library for more information.You can reach us at 281-890-2665 or you can email us at NW@HCPL.NET .

AISD at Aldine Library

storytime

On Saturday, September 24th, the Aldine Independent School District's Curriculum & Instruction Department was at the Aldine Library from 10:30 AM-11:30 PM. Why? To read, facilitate, and monitor a special Literacy and Art program! Children in attendance were read the Adventures of Tacky the Penguin. After the reading, kids participated in an art-making activity inspired by the book. A number of children received their very own copy of the chosen book of the day for their personal libraries. Weren't able to make it last weekend? Not to worry. AISD will return on October 29th and November 12th, 2016, to read The Day the Crayons Quit and Charlie Piechart. Kids, come to the remaining two events. Build your literacy skills while having fun!

ESL Reading Group

Katherine Tyra library will be starting a new ESL reading group for individuals whose first language is not English. This class is intended to help people learn to improve their reading skills. The group is open to all reading levels with no registration needed. 

Our first class will start tomorrow, August 24th, at 6:00pm in our foreign language area. Classes will be on Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Saturdays at 2:00pm. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 281-550-0885.

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Literacy Services at Aldine Library

Hello, everyone,

I hope your summer is off to a good start. I want to bring to your attention Harris County Public Library's literacy services. Here at the Aldine Library, we offer ELA classes (English Language Aquisition) to those learning the English language. Classes meet in the Meeting Room each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 1 PM.

In addition to ELA classes, HCPL offers one-one-one ABE (Adult Basic Education) tutoring services to those who need help with literacy. Students meet with tutors here at the library.

Check out our website for more information about both ELA and ABE classes here.

It's The Adventures of Crayons and How They Made Their Way Home!


crayons in box

Hey everyone! Come join us at the Aldine Branch Library this Saturday October 24th, 2015 from 11 am - 12 pm to listen to the adventures of crayons and how they made their way home! After the reading, all children will participate in an art-making activity inspired by the book. The Aldine ISD Curriculum & Instruction Department will be on site to read, facilitate, and monitor this session. The first 60 children in attendance will receive their very own copy of The Day the Crayons Came Home for their personal libraries. Don't miss out!

Community Outreach - Literacy and Art

Come to the Aldine Branch Library on October 24th, 2015 from 11 am - 12 pm to listen to the adventures of crayons and how they made their way home! After the reading, all children will participate in an art-making activity inspired by the book. The Aldine ISD Curriculum & Instruction Department will be on site to read, facilitate, and monitor this session. The first 60 children in attendance will receive their very own copy of The Day the Crayons Came Home for their personal libraries. Come join us!

Help a Neighbor to a Better Life. Become an ESL Tutor!

Most of us take for granted that we can speak and be understood. That is a luxury many of your neighbors don't have. But with only a few hours a week and a willingness to help, you can change that: Become an ESL tutor at HCPL.

Our next free training session is Tuesday, May 26. 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Evelyn Meador Branch Library.
No teaching experience is necessary.
For more information or to register for any of our upcoming training classes, call 713-749-9000 or email alisha.hall@hcpl.net

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