Literacy Blog

Fall ESL Classes

learn englishLSC-CyFair Library offers free English classes for speakers of other languages. Students practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Fall 2016 Classes: September 12—December 16, 2016
***NEW***
All students must register in person and take a placement test on one of the dates listed below. Students will be contacted in the first week of September with their class information.

Fall Registration & Placement Test Dates* - pdf
Room 215

Make a Big Difference in a Child's Life. Be a Book Buddy.

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to make a difference in a child's life? Then volunteer for HCPL's Book Buddies!

Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and volunteers (adults or teens) together to share the joy of reading. It pairs trained volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in Kindergarten through 3rd grades (Little Buddies). For 12 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

ESL Tutor Training at North Channel Library

tutor trainingAre you interested in helping your neighbors learn English? Become a volunteer ESL tutor at Harris County Public Library. No teaching experience necessary. We provide the space and materials. You provide the time and the desire to help.


North Channel Library will be hosting an ESL Tutor Training session Saturday, July  23rd from 10 am to 3 pm. To register, call 713-274-6600.

Singing for Early Literacy at the Katherine Tyra @ Bear Creek Library

Early Literacy SingThe Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) has identified five activities that caregivers can focus on when helping their child grow into a reader.  These activities are Read, Sing, Talk, Write and Play.  Check out our Early Literacy bulletin board this month to find songs that you can take with you and share with your child in the car, while out running errands or at home.  The ALSC Activities for Early Literacy bulletin board is located in our children’s area.

Singing is a fun and wonderful way to help your child learn new words and share a musical story. Caregivers can also add some silly hand motions to increase the fun.  These motions also help children develop important gross and fine motor skills as well. 

ESL Courses This Summer!

Registration is still open for our summer ESL session! These classes are free and open to anyone 18+ looking to improve their English skills. Be sure to share and spread the word!

Adult Services & Technology Training This June!


 

Adults - check out what #FMAdults & #FMTechTraining has planned this June. Click here or on the above images to download a copy of the June schedule. 

Citizenship Class

The Maud Marks Library has one more Citizenship Class before the summer break! This free class, 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.

The last class will be held on Monday, May 23, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.

Summer Reading Program is Coming to North Channel

Summer ReadingMark your calendars, the 2016 Summer Reading Program will kick off on June 6th, 2016 and run through August 6th.
There is a program for all ages including babies, kids, teens, and adults.

This year there will be prizes when you read or complete 10 activities – any combination works! Read 5 items and do 5 activities, read 7 items and do 3 activities or read a total of 10.

We have many activities scheduled for all ages, so be sure to check the Summer Programs on the online Events Calendar. Some programs require tickets that are available Mondays, the week of the program at the front desk.
Get ready for lots of fun.

TGIF Programs Tech Q&A Series - This Friday @ 10:30 AM

The TGIF Programs' popular “Technology Question & Answer” Series continues in the upstairs Training Lab this Friday at 10:30 AM. Here’s a chance to ask Freeman Library staff and other attendees about computers, smartphones, mobile devices, and eMedia from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog. Please feel free to bring along your portable, technology devices.

Coming March 22: ESL Tutor Training

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, attend the training session to learn how to teach English as a Second Language. You can make a huge difference in someone’s life by volunteering to be an ESL tutor.  

Register online, at the library, or call Beth Krippel @ 281-812-2162 or Alisha Hall  @ 713-274-6620 or  e-mail Alisha.Hall@hcpl.net.
 

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