The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Welcome to the USA

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You asked us to provide new immigrants with information on citizenship, English Language Learning (ELL), employment, public schooling, health and safety, available social services, and any other topics needed to participate successfully in American life.

 

ELL Tutoring

Study English with a volunteer tutor. Volunteer 1:1 with a new American.

Want to to sign up? Get the details in the ELL program brochure.

Based on the Intercambio model developed in Boulder, CO, volunteer tutors are trained and then matched with adult learners. Students take a placement test to determine which of the six levels of the curriculum is appropriate for them.

The curriculum uses a communicative approach which incorporates all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Lesson content focuses on practical knowledge and skills for living in the USA.

 

Citizenship Class

Want to become a U.S. citizen?

This class will help you pass the citizenship exam and complete the application. The class and all study materials are free of charge. Even if you aren’t yet eligible to apply, you are welcome to attend. The class is informal, we laugh together and support each other.

Wednesdays 9/12 – 12/12 (no class on 10/31 or 11/21) from 6:30 – 8 pm in Makerspace. Join at any time.

To avoid scams and delays, file online with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  (in Spanish) for Green Cards and Naturalization.

 

Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytime

Children ages birth through 6 years old and their parents or caregivers participate together in English and Spanish learning activities.

Each Bilingual Storytime features:

    • Picture books
    • Puppets
    • Music and movement activities
    • Talking and singing in English and Spanish

 

Join us on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 5:15 – 5:45 pm in the Children’s Room beginning on 9/26/18.

Learn English Discovery Kits

Three kits include everything you need to practice English and study for the Citizenship Exam

3-week check out

  • iPad with the language learning apps: Pronunciator, Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, and Babbel.
  • Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test
  • Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students
  • Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test
  • Guide for Immigrants (in Spanish)
  • Oxford Picture Dictionary

Thanks to Rotary Club of Estes Park for sponsoring these kits!

 

Learn English with Pronunciator

Pronunciator is a fun and free program and a library database

Learn 80 languages with

  • self-directed lessons
  • live teachers, movies, music
  • movies
  • music

 

You can learn English using your own language to help you!

 

Study for the U.S. Citizenship Test

Brainfuse, one of the Library’s databases, offers a free online course to ready yourself for the U.S. citizenship test.

Sign in with your library card (all the numbers, no spaces, and no slash), click Adult Learners, and choose Prepare for the US Citizenship Test.

Citizenship Works is an online service that guides you safely through every step of your citizenship application.

Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options. The online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations are always free to use.

For information about any of these programs, please contact the Library’s ELL Outreach Librarian, Gretel Bock gbock@estesvalleylibrary.org or (970) 586-8116 x827.