Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Literacy Center Sign

[Imported from the former Berwyn Library Outreach Blog]

Things are moving along with our American Dream project. Every day we get a few more books processed and ready for circulation. Our processor, Shaynie, has been really patient even though it's such a big batch of books. We should be ready to unveil the new collection at our International Literacy Day event and dedication on Sept. 8th. I thought it would be nice to dedicate it to a supporter of libraries and literacy...and just this second I figured out who that should be!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

LT Fall ESL Classes - South Campus

Lyons Township High School
South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, IL 60558-1795

Students: Please note that some classes may be canceled each semester due to low enrollment. If you are interested in taking a class, please try to register by phone (below) or online at at least two weeks before classes start. I will be at the school for all of the following classes during the first week. After the first week, private tutoring is available if your class has been canceled.

Classes are $28 each. Textbooks may be purchased on Amazon or checked out from the library for free. Private tutoring is $20/hour which may be purchased in 6-hour increments.

To register by phone, please call: (708) 579-6573 Hours: 8-4 Mon-Fri CST

Beginner Speaking

6 – 7:30 PM Mondays
September 13 – November 15
Learn the sound system of American English, basic vocabulary, grammar and reading.

Everyday Writing (All Levels)
7:30 – 9 PM Mondays
September 13 – November 15
Study basic written communication, spelling rules, and phonics.

Pre-GED Reading & Writing (Intermediate & Advanced)
6 – 7:30 PM Tuesdays
September 14 – November 16
Understand and use academic English before taking traditional GED preparation classes.

Advanced Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
7:30 – 9 PM Tuesdays
September 14 – November 16
Improve your vocabulary and conversation with this lively, snack-friendly group.

ESL Games and Conversation (All Levels)
6 – 7:30 PM Wednesdays
September 15 – November 17
Play educational English games, learn new vocabulary, and have some fun!

Business English (Intermediate & Advanced)
7:30 – 9 PM Wednesdays
September 15 – November 17
Learn to speak and write formal English for work.

Advanced Fiction Book Discussion Group
6 – 7:30 PM Thursdays
September 16 – November 18
Improve your vocabulary and conversation with this lively, snack-friendly group.

TOEFL Prep (Intermediate & Advanced)
7:30 – 9 PM Thursdays
September 16 – November 18
Study for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Private Tutoring (All Levels)
At a public library near you—tutoring is available mornings, afternoons or evenings. Please visit an evening class during the first week to register and schedule your lessons. After the first week, please call the school to register.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ProLiteracy Praises Subcommittee Approval of State Grant Funds

David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, today said he is pleased by the action of the House Subcommittee on Appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services approving the $612 million allocation for state grants to adult education proposed by President Obama in his FY 2011 budget.

"This funding represents a $30 million increase in state grants to local literacy and basic education programs from the 2009 budget," Harvey said. "It's a modest but badly needed down payment on what we hope will be an even greater investment down the road."

ProLiteracy has learned that the subcommittee approved the President's state grant funding level as part of its review of appropriations bills on July 15. ProLiteracy also learned that the subcommittee approved a $30 million appropriation for a Workforce Innovation Fund. This fund will allow adult literacy and basic education programs funded under the Workforce Investment Act Title I and II to work together, and with other local and regional partners, to develop comprehensive proposals to scale promising practices.

"It is my hope that these innovation funds will make it possible for more community-based literacy programs to receive desperately needed resources. These programs traditionally work with adults at the lowest literacy levels, those most in need of instruction so they can find jobs that pay a living wage," Harvey said.

Congress Declares National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2010

WASHINGTON – The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) invites you to join them in celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 13-17, 2010. This Congressional declaration, H. Res 1472, was sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO] and is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach resulting in twenty co-signers in the House.

NCL ( is a national adult education leadership organization comprised of 24 member organizations and adult education professionals, committed to promoting adult education and literacy, family literacy, and English language development in the United States. NCL seeks to advance adult education, language, and literacy by fostering collaboration and advocacy at the national level among public and private organizations.

Big gray clouds didn't stop us today!

[Imported from the former Berwyn Library Outreach Blog] 

Debra and Nimfa read stories in English and Spanish for our Bilingual Storytimes at the Park program, despite strong winds and what felt like a little chill in the air compared to how hot it's been for our team this summer.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Who can keep the story going?

[Imported from the former Berwyn Library Outreach Blog] 

At our ESL Conversation Class tonight, Myra (Mexico) was the winner of In A Pickle. We figured out a brand new way to play the game thanks to Maya (Serbia). The story starts with the first card, and each successive card continues the story. As you can see from the photos, Myra won by placing a card reading "story" and saying it was "The End." What a great game!