literacy

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

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.

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! BECOME A LITERACY TUTOR

You can help another adult learn to read! Register for the Literacy Tutor training sessions to be held at the North Channel Library on Friday, February 22nd from 1-4:30 pm. Literacy Coordinator, Steve Zach, will present unique information to help you become an effective Literacy Tutor. Once you are trained as a Literacy Tutor, you will have the opportunity to meet your new student for one-on-one sessions at the Library. You and the student will decide on the schedule that best meets both of your needs.  The North Channel Library has two Study Rooms that you can schedule for sessions with your student. Please be sure to come in or call soon to reserve your place in this interesting class. Ph. 281-457-1631

HCPL and Houston Center for Literacy

ESL Class at Maud Marks Branch LibraryHow many words have you read today? Just think of them all: the emails, street signs, restaurant menus, websites, product labels, grocery lists, text messages, billboards, fortune cookies, instruction manuals, advertising circulars, and bills, to say nothing of the chapter of the latest Stephen King or the handful of Shakespeare’s sonnets you will read before turning out the light tonight. Chances are, if you thought about it, you would consider each and every one of those words vital to the way you want to live your life. Your ability to read not only allows you to move safely and efficiently through the world, it also enriches your inner life immeasurably.

HATCH early learning

Visitors to the Aldine Library may have noticed them. Parents may have considered them to be regular desktop computers for children. However, these are no ordinary machines. These two computers in the children's section of the Aldine Library are Hatch learning centers. These desktops offer educational games that touch upon skill areas of pre-literacy, language, math, social studies, and science. The content of these games is tied into national pre-k standards and the findings of the National Early Literacy Panel and the National Research Council Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics.

Have your child pull up a seat at one of our Hatch computers today. Take advantage of an opportunity for your child to learn and have fun!

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