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Keene Public Library To Offer Conversation Groups for Adult English Language Learners

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce special programs for adult English Language Learners. The library will offer a weekly Conversation Circle starting on Tuesday, July 24th at 9:30 a.m. and a Learning Circle focusing on preparing for the written drivers’ test starting on Thursday, August, 9th at 9:30 a.m. The Library’s Conversation and Learning Circles are casual gatherings aimed at helping people improve their language skills by speaking and interacting with other learners. Adult English Language learners are invited to come and practice with a friendly group. All Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public.

The Keene Public Library has been selected as one of 20 public libraries nationwide to receive a $10,000 American Dream Literacy Initiative grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

“We are thrilled that our library was chosen for this competitive grant,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Engagement, Outreach, and Youth Services at the Keene Public Library. “With this $10,000, we will be able to better assist adults in our community who wish to improve their English language skills.”

Along with special programs, the Keene Public Library has expanded their collections for English Language Learners. Patrons of the Keene Public Library can now access digital magazines in French and in Spanish using a library card number and Flipster® from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library. Magazines include  “France-Amérique,” “High Five Bilingüe,” “Newsweek en Español,” and “People en Español.” Patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.

In addition to the Conversation Circles and the Learning Circles, a computer learning lab will open in the fall will be available four hours a week in part of the new programming rooms that will be available once the library’s construction concludes.

The Keene Public Library was selected through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process. Eighty-five public libraries applied for the 20 available grants, according to the ALA Public Programs Office.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative strives to develop tools and resources for libraries and library staff to provide effective literacy services to adult English language learners in their communities and across the country.

Since the program’s inception, more than 200 libraries in Dollar General communities have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

For more information, visit the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter Street, call 603-352-0157 or see the library’s Web site at Current library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. After Labor Day, the library will close at 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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