Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Library’s ‘American Dream’ programs get underway for English language learners

“Lenguaje y Lectura @ your library,” a series of free programs to help low literacy, Spanish-speaking English language learners build reading skills, starts next week with English as a Second Language (ESL) and computer classes at two Randolph County Public Library branches.

Every other Wednesday beginning September 29, computer classes will be offered at 7 p.m. at the John W. Clark (Franklinville) Public Library. English as a Second Language classes begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 28 at the Asheboro Public Library and will continue on biweekly schedule to be determined.

Computer classes will start in Asheboro in October.

No registration is required; anyone who wants to participate can attend the classes.

ESL classes will focus on basic life skills, and participants will receive workbooks to keep. Computer classes will cover basic skills and getting started with the library’s Mango Languages online language learning resource (www.randquest.org).

The programs are funded by a $5,000 “The American Dream Starts @ your library” grant from the American Library Association, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

For further information, contact Veronica Gutierrrez at 318-6843, or vgutierrez@randolphlibrary.org.