K-12 Educators Newsletter: Supporting ELL Students and Families

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Hennepin County Library K12 Educators newsletter


November 2019

Library resources for ELL students and their teachers

Hennepin County Library has resources to support youth who are learning English, as well as their families. For more information, talk to us in-person at any library location. You can also Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday-Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 12-5. 

Finding books in other languages

Parent and child selecting a book

Studies have found that students who have strong literacy skills in their native language will improve their English reading levels faster than those who don't. Additionally, reading with family members in their shared language at home helps students connect reading with fun, connection, and relaxation.

To support reading in the student's native language, you can explore some of our most popular language collections in the online catalog

If families would prefer to browse in person and see what's on the shelf, you can check out this list of language collections by library and language

Spanish speakers can also access Biblioteca Tumble using their library card to view animated, talking picture books with highlighted text. 

Online encyclopedias in Spanish and Arabic

In addition to encyclopedias and databases in English to help with school work, the library also has two encyclopedias in other languages: Spanish and Arabic. 

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (World Book)

For students who speak Spanish, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos includes full-text articles in Spanish on people, places, history, science, and more. It includes activities and science projects, as well as Spanish language newspapers. 

kids elearn arabic

Kids eLearn: التعلم للصغار

For students who speak or are studying Arabic, Kids eLearn: التعلم للصغار is a general reference tool that has articles, photos, and videos. It also has games to practice concepts in math, science, and geography. 

An online program to learn new languages

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Maybe you'd like to learn some basics of the languages spoken in your classroom. With your library card, you can access Transparent Language Online to learn through self-paced lessons. Transparent Language Online has over 70 languages, including languages commonly spoken in Hennepin County like Somali, Hmong, Spanish, and Amharic.  

Library events in other languages

Events in Spanish

When searching events on the library's website, you can filter by language on the left-hand side of the page. 

Getting a library card

Young person holding a library card

It’s free to get a Hennepin County Library card, and anyone who needs to replace a lost or stolen library card can now do so without paying a fee. Students can get a new or replacement card in-person at any library location or apply online and their card will be mailed to them. Apply online for a library card.

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