This month, the Omaha Public Library introduced a new tool for our community’s newest Americans.
The English Language Learning Bag is a kit designed for individuals and families learning English as a second language. The bags are available at the Sorensen, Benson, Millard, South Omaha, W. Dale Clark and Willa Cather Libraries. They can be reserved online and sent to any library location.
OPL recognized a need for these resources when providing library tours to immigrants and refugees. As these individuals signed up for a new library card and wanted to check out items, library staff realized that there were not enough learning materials to meet their demands.
The new kits contain items to accommodate three learning levels so an entire family may benefit. Each kit contains three books paired with a Playaway (a book recorded on an MP3 player), as well as language learning flashcards.
Additionally, the library offers suggestions on how to advance English language comprehension. For example, one may listen to a story on Playaway and read along with the book at the same time; or simply choose a day when all members of the household speak only English.
Find a kit in the library’s catalog by typing “English Learning Bag” into the search box at omahalibrary.org. The bags may be checked out for up to three weeks at a time and renewed if there aren’t requests from other patrons.
More library resources for new Americans, including language and citizenship classes, as well as materials available in various languages can be found at guides.omahalibrary.org/newamericans.