After the tour, all five women and the translator completed the one-page application and received brand new library cards. When their teacher said, “Now go pick out a book,” they were hesitant. They didn’t realize they could immediately take a book…or three!
Then one student asked the question on all their minds: “How much does it cost?” They were delighted to learn that it’s free!
Their teacher pointed them to the children’s section, where they might find books to practice English or to help their own children learn to read English. When one student found the books on tape, everyone had to get one. They “cleaned out” that section because they could listen as they followed along in the printed book.
The next time the class met, several students gave “book reports” about the books they had checked out, and three women who hadn’t gone on the field trip heard all about it from the others. They remembered every detail! One student asked, “When do you take me back?” The teacher told her she could go on her own and take her family. Soon, that family had a Saturday-morning ritual of going to the library, then together, reading the books they checked out.
READY TO GET INVOLVED?
You can be an encourager in an ESL or culture class (like the tall woman in the photo here) and introduce the students to all the “perks” of living in metro Knoxville--including our awesome libraries. You, your family, or your small group can instead partner with one family to help them understand American systems and start to feel like Knoxville is home. If that sounds “right up your alley,” explore how to volunteer today!
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