ELL/ESL

Finding the best books for middle school ESL students can be especially tough. You want to empower your students/children as English readers and not scare them away with difficult texts. But you also want books to be meaningful and enjoyable to read.

Below you will find a list of novels that should connect with intermediate readers. A number of them will be culturally relevant books that should also appeal to ESL middle school students. If you've had success with any of these books, please let us know down below in the comments.

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth

When twelve-year-old Seema moves to Iowa City with her parents and younger sister, she leaves friends and family behind in her native India but gradually begins to feel at home in her new country.

Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel.

ELL Conversation Groups

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers,  Meets every Thursday and Friday that the library is open.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, June 1 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, June 2 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, June 8 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, June 9 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, June 15 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Thursday, June 22 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, June 23 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, June 29 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, June 30 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, July 6 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room

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Community Literacy Council

The Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council  (CLC) is a volunteer, non-profit organization aiming to improve adult literacy in Plymouth-Canton and surrounding areas of Western Wayne County.  The CLC mission is to provide adults with basic reading, writing and communication skills, so they may participate in their community and reach their fullest potential in life.  For over 27 years, the CLC has been offering tutoring services to enhance the lives of individuals in our community.

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