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Close Zablocki Parking Lot Closed as of Monday, April 19, 2021

The parking lot at the MPL Zablocki Branch will be closed for a construction project. The front entrance on Oklahoma Ave. will remain open and curbside service is available. Learn more.

Center Street Parking Lot Closed as of Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The parking lot at the MPL Center Street Branch will be closed for a construction project.
Street parking is available on 28th Street. Learn more.

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Refugee and Immigrant Services (ESL/ELL)

English Reading Hour 

Improve your English! Practice English reading and speaking with other learners.  Read poems and short stories with others and talk about them.

Second Monday of the Month from 4-5 p.m.
January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13

Please register for the program here.

[English Reading/Conversation Hour pdf]

English Conversation Hour

A free weekly conversation session for adult English language learners. Strategies for "small talk" and getting-to-know-you activities, as well as games and structured practice to activate vocabulary and language skills, are offered in a relaxed and supportive environment. Everyone is welcome! 

Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m.
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Please register for the program here.

Additional ESL/ELL Resources

MPL offers additional resources for English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learners (ELL). Central’s Adult Study Center has various materials to improve one’s English. This material is available for specific ESL/ELL languages as well as general ESL/ELL. Many of the branch libraries in the MPL system also offer ESL/ELL materials.

MPL subscribes to Mango Languages, Pronunciator, and Transparent Languages electronic resources. These subscription sites offer language-specific ESL modules in many different languages. In addition Learning Express offers practice tests for ESL tests, and  the Gale Courses database has a number of ESL courses. 

ESL/ELL Virtual Office Hours

Need additional help learning English?  Have questions about English conversation?  Email us at to set up a day and time to work virtually with a trained ESL MPL Librarian. 


Want to practice writing English with a native speaker? Try our ESL/ELL Pen Pal program!  An MPL librarian will correspond with you through email to practice writing and reading comprehension. For more information or to get started email us at

For more information on the services we provide including partnerships please contact the Refugee and Immigrant Services Committee:
(414) 286-0816