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Adult English students connect with Clarkston Library

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The IRC in Atlanta’s Adult Education programs recently came together for a field trip to Clarkston Library to learn more about this invaluable community resource. Assistant Branch Manager, Malia Cargile, gave the students and teachers a tour of the library, emphasizing where they could find books to study English and children’s books. All students received library cards and checked out books for themselves and their families.

Many of our First Things First students checked out books to read with their children.
Many of our First Things First students checked out books to read with their children. Photo: IRC Atlanta

Hasha, a student in the IRC in Atlanta’s First Things First women’s literacy class, selected books for her children, stating, “Maybe I can learn new words too!” Ze Lam, another First Things First student, chose an illustrated bible for young adults, telling her teacher, “I know the stories in my language, I can learn more words by reading them in English.”

Malia also introduced the students to the wealth of digital resources the library offers, such as the online language learning platform Mango, where students can study English with instructions in their own languages. Students were also introduced to Press Reader, a service that provides access to news articles in a variety of languages. Students received calendars of upcoming special events at the library, including a dance performance by the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company. The students in the First Things First class decided they would attend together with their families.

The field trip was a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about the resources available to them at their local library and begin taking advantage of them. Wende Crow and Talya Krumholz, English teachers in the IRC in Atlanta’s adult education programs, and all of the adult English students are grateful to Malia and Clarkston Library for providing us with this opportunity.

To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.

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