Little Bloggable Moments

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by readingprogram

There are these little bloggable moments that occur quickly at work, and we think--is this blogworthy? Here are some little moments from the past few days. The Reading Program oriented 23 potential volunteers last week during two sessions, and we were extra excited to see many first-time patrons at the Milpitas Library. Staff are getting ready to train volunteers on Saturday, so we are preparing . . . more »

What Are You Reading?

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by readingprogram

I have been working with my colleague, Stephanie, to develop a short training segment to help tutors work with their students to overcome specific ESL (English as a Second Language) challenges. Aside from wanting to improve their speaking and listening skills, many ESL students also want help with components like understanding American idioms, perfecting their rhythm and intonation when reading aloud, and using those pesky . . . more »

Getting Spooky in ANR

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by readingprogram

Boo! The Adult New Reader (ANR) collection is available to patrons who are building their reading skills. These materials are easy-to-read books written for adults, so they are perfect for beginning readers and English as a Second Language learners. Here are some spooky selections--mysteries, thrillers and true crime stories--perfect for Halloween. Do you want to get your scare on? /Brenda . . . more »

New ESL Resources Appearing on Library Shelves

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Reading_Program

In the past few weeks, I have been spotting lots of new ESL materials, books as well as media, on the shelves in the libraries. These materials can be found in the English as a Second Language section or in the English Language Learning section. If you are not sure where to find these collections in your library, be sure to ask a librarian. This . . . more »