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Thursday ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers December Thursdays 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM in the Purple Room.

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers November Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room. PLEASE NOTE: The library will be closed FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29.

Alice Munro wins Nobel prize in Literature

Ian Willms for The New York TimesThe New York Times reports that Alice Munro has won the Nobel prize in Literature. Munro has been writing short stories and novels for more than 50 years. Mona Simpson, writing in a 2005 Atlantic article sums up her appeal this way: "Her work is remarkable for its evenness of quality--it's hard to remember a weak story. Of course, it's this very consistency that makes discussion of Munro's work increasingly difficult. 'Bravo again!' one wants to shout, almost helplessly, after reading each new collection." She is not as famous or well-known as many other authors that have been around that long. Her writing is accessible and enjoyable. Which is not always the case with Nobel-winning authors.

NEW! Thursday ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers November Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room. The library will closed for Thanksgiving on November 28.

Beginning Word 2010

Learn basic word processing skills including creating and formatting text, printing and saving. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills. Join us Thursday, October 3 from 10:00-11:30 AM.

Intermediate Word 2010

Learn more about advanced formatting options useful in creating larger documents, including headers and footers, page numbers and footnotes. Prerequisite: Beginning Word 2010 or previous experience with Word. Join us Thursday, October 17 from 10:00-11:30 AM.

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers October Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

If you like Kate Morton

especially The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, try these titles:

A place of secrets: a novel by Rachel Hore

The Ashford affair by Lauren Willig

Season of storms by Susanna Kearsley

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Five quarters of the orange by Joanne Harris

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets in Group Study Room A every other Friday.
See you November 1 and 15.  There will be no discussion on November 29 as the library is closed for the Thankgiving holiday.

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers September Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers August Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers July Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

Fiction books for English Language Learners

Adult English Language Learners who want to work on reading skills might find the following books helpful and interesting:

1984: a novel by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm

 





Brave new world by Aldous Huxley


The Stepford wives; a novel by Levin, Ira


True grit: a novel by Charles Portis


Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald


The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway


A walk to remember by Nicholas Sparks

Books that made us laugh

If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh out loud, try some of these suggestions:

Stuff white people like: the definitive guide to the unique taste of millions by Christian Lander

A walk in the woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

All I know about animal behavior I learned in Loehmann's dressing room by Erma Bombeck

Eat less cottage cheese and more ice cream: thoughts on life by from Erma Bombeck ; illustrations by Lynn Chang

America (the book): a citizen's guide to democracy inaction by written and edited by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, David Javerbaum ; writers, Rich Blomquist ... [et al.] ; additional material, Samantha Bee ... [et al.] ; with a foreword by Thomas Jefferson

Spark Your Imagination to Be Creative!

Many new books have been written to help spark creativity.