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Learn English at the Library!

English as a Second Language

Next Sessions:

January 13 - March 18, 2020
Monday and Wednesday evenings at Merrillville from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

No registration required. You can attend all sessions, or just one or two as your schedule allows. All are welcome!

English classes are for people learning English as their second language. Classes include speaking, reading and writing English. Four class levels: No-English, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Classes are free of charge.

Contact Information

Rosella Garcia, Literacy Coordinator: 769-3541, ext. 337
Please call with any questions, or to sign up. Leave your name and number if you are thinking about attending so we can plan for materials!

Or Sign Up Online!

Visit our calendar and find the class session you wish to attend. Then, click Register!

Citizenship Classes

Intermediate English skills required

When: January 14 - March 12, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Where: Merrillville Branch, Meeting Room C

Come learn about what to expect when applying for citizenship in the U.S. We will help you learn the necessary civic information while also improving your English language skills so you can pass the reading, writing and speaking parts of the exam. Students taking this class must have at least intermediate level English-speaking skills (see our English as a Second Language classes).

Citizenship Instructors and Student

We Need Volunteers!

Is English your first language? Would you like to share it? Join our volunteer team of teachers!

Volunteer teachers commit to three 10-week sessions throughout the year (about 5 hours/week Mondays & Wednesdays while class is in session). If you'd like to help out, give us a call at (219) 769-3541, ext 337. 

Thank you! Our ESL classes wouldn't be possible without you!

Upcoming Events
Wed, Sep 30, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Registration is now closed

Thu, Oct 01, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Thu, Oct 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us to learn more about the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains - including bears! To register, you must have an email... more
Join us to learn more about the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains - including bears! To register, you must have an email address.

Fri, Oct 02, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Sat, Oct 03, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Sun, Oct 04, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Mon, Oct 05, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Highland Library - Zoom
Join us for our first virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the... more
Join us for our first virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the Highland Library. Ages 11-17.

Mon, Oct 05, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hobart Branch - Zoom
Earn volunteer hours while helping us plan teen programming and services. For grades 6-12. The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. You... more
Earn volunteer hours while helping us plan teen programming and services. For grades 6-12. The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. You must register with an email for meeting invite/details.

Tue, Oct 06, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Tue, Oct 06, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Talk to a ranger who takes care of the biggest trees in the world! We're visiting Calaveras Big Trees Park in California! To register,... more
Talk to a ranger who takes care of the biggest trees in the world! We're visiting Calaveras Big Trees Park in California! To register, you must have an email address. 

Tue, Oct 06, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us as we visit the Cesar Chavez National Memorial to learn more about this labor leader and his life's work. Hispanic Heritage... more
Join us as we visit the Cesar Chavez National Memorial to learn more about this labor leader and his life's work. Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. You need an email address to attend.

Wed, Oct 07, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills.

Wed, Oct 07, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Your school day might be weird right now. Imagine what it was like for pioneer children in 1872! The Homestead National Monument will... more
Your school day might be weird right now. Imagine what it was like for pioneer children in 1872! The Homestead National Monument will take us on a tour through time. You need an email to register.

Wed, Oct 07, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Professor Jaime Wagman explores the intersection of race and class as women in the Midwest fought for the right to vote. You'll need an... more
Professor Jaime Wagman explores the intersection of race and class as women in the Midwest fought for the right to vote. You'll need an email address to attend.

Thu, Oct 08, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Fri, Oct 09, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.