Explore innovations in ELL community engagement @ ALA Midwinter

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/23/2014


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140


CHICAGO – Join the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services as three library literacy professionals from the Chicago area discuss successful and replicable programs and services geared toward English language learners. The session, titled “ELL Practitioners Panel: Innovations in Community Engagement” will be held from 3 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1 from 3 - 4 p.m. in room W183 at McCormick Place West.

This hour-long panel will feature Patricia Barch with the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois; Esther Chase from the Berwyn Public Library in Berwyn, Illinois; and Carmen Patlan with the Waukegan Public Library in Waukegan, Illinois, as they discuss their experiences as participants in The American Dream Starts @ your library®, a grant initiative funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and administered by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services. The three panelists will discuss tips, tools, resources and best practices based on their years of experience serving English language learners in the dynamic and diverse communities surrounding Chicago.

This session is part of the News You Can Use series of updates on the latest trends in the profession, and is open to all registered attendees of ALA’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting.

To learn more, please visit www.alamidwinter.org