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September 5, 2018

Mounce Library’s Free Adult ESL Program Expands

Since 2012, the Clara B. Mounce Public Library has been fortunate to offer a free Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Program in collaboration with local community organizations. Originally started at the library, a new partnership with an existing ESL program at Oak Grove United Methodist Church expands Mounce Library’s ESL class offering to a second campus this fall. Bryan ISD and the Texas Education Agency Region 6 have graciously allowed Saturday morning use of the classrooms in the former Milam Elementary School. Both campuses are open to adults (ages 18 years and older) who are interested in learning English as their second language.

The Mounce Library’s ESL Program is led by Program Coordinator Adriana Alfaro, an advocate who has volunteered hours upon hours over the years to establish and keep the Mounce Adult ESL Program flourishing since its inception in 2012. Registration for the Milam ESL campus is ongoing with a student orientation and teacher ‘meet & greet’ set for Saturday, September 8, at 10 AM in the Mounce Library’s 2nd floor Meeting Room. Formal classes will begin at the Milam ESL campus the following Saturday, September 15, at 10 AM and will continue weekly through December 8. The former Milam Elementary School is located at 1201 Ridgedale Street in Bryan.

The Oak Grove ESL campus is led by Ms. Isabelle Hernandez Robbins, a local champion of literacy and sister of the Read by 3rd founder, Daniel Hernandez. Registration for the Oak Grove ESL campus is on Tuesday, September 11, from 6 to 8 PM. Classes will be held each Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church from beginning September 18 through May 14. Oak Grove United Methodist Church is located at 505 Boulevard Street in Bryan.

A grant from former first lady Mrs. Barbara Bush in 2012 served as the catalyst in funding the ESL classes as part of the Bryan & College Station Public Library System’s Barbara Bush Adult Literacy Program. The Dollar General Foundation has also provided funding in past years. This ESL campus expansion project is made possible through a Texas Reads Grant of $4,664.00 from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2019). The Friends of the Library, the local nonprofit organization founded in 1955 to promote public libraries in our community, contributed $577.24 in support of this effort. The Oak Grove campus space was generously made available by the Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

For additional information about the Milam Campus ESL Program, please contact Clara B. Mounce Public Library by calling 979.209.5600.

For additional information about the Oak Grove United Methodist Church ESL Program, please contact Ms. Isabelle Hernandez Robbins by calling 979.822.1824.

 

 
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