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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
Tue, Oct 27, 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 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville Library - Zoom
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Small Great Things." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Small Great Things." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours at Dyer-Schererville a month prior to the event.

Wed, Oct 28, 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.

Thu, Oct 29, 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 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email... more
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email address to register. 

Thu, Oct 29, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Face masks are required. Social distancing will be maintained.

Fri, Oct 30, 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 31, 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.

Sat, Oct 31, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake County Public Library - Zoom
This Halloween, join us on Zoom in full costume for our contest. Must have email and video capability. We will have prizes, so come in... more
This Halloween, join us on Zoom in full costume for our contest. Must have email and video capability. We will have prizes, so come in your best! *All costumes must be family appropriate.

Mon, Nov 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Celebrate 100 years of women voting with Seneca Falls Historical Park and Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument! You'll need... more
Celebrate 100 years of women voting with Seneca Falls Historical Park and Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument! You'll need an email address to register.

Tue, Nov 03, 6:00am - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
We are the polling location for Precinct 6 in Lake Station. If you need to confirm your polling place, please call the Lake County Board... more
We are the polling location for Precinct 6 in Lake Station. If you need to confirm your polling place, please call the Lake County Board of Elections at 219-755-3795 .

Canceled
Tue, Nov 03, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Dyer-Schererville
Teens, come hang out with your friends and play board games! Bring your favorite game or play one we already have!

Canceled
Tue, Nov 03, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville
Meet with your friends, eat snacks and help plan future teen programs at Dyer-Schererville!

Wed, Nov 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Important changes are coming to Medicare in 2021. Do you know what they are? Come and get the answers you need to your other Medicare... more
Important changes are coming to Medicare in 2021. Do you know what they are? Come and get the answers you need to your other Medicare questions, as well. An email address is necessary to join.

Thu, Nov 05, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for a night of virtual trivia! This game will feature general trivia questions. Test your knowledge and win a prize! Ages 11 -... more
Join us for a night of virtual trivia! This game will feature general trivia questions. Test your knowledge and win a prize! Ages 11 - 17. Registration is required for this virtual event.