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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)

Colors of Myanmar

Join us in honoring the people of Myanmar descent in the upcoming Colors of Myanmar event consisting of a fashion show, traditional dances, traditional food recipes, ethnic folktales, language learning, and much more!  Learn about Myanmar's ethnic communities and small businesses in Milwaukee and immerse yourself in the very rich colors of Myanmar's cultures.

Saturday, July 24th from 2-3:30 p.m.

Please register for the program here.

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.
2021
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.
2021
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 
September 7, 14, 21, 28

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 LibraryRefugeeCommittee@milwaukee.gov to set up a day and time to work virtually with a trained ESL MPL Librarian. 

ESL/ELL Pen Pal

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 LibraryRefugeeCommittee@milwaukee.gov.

For more information on the services we provide including partnerships please contact the Refugee and Immigrant Services Committee:

LibraryRefugeeCommittee@milwaukee.gov
(414) 286-0816

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A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Bless Me, Ultima
Bless Me, Ultima
by Rudolfo A. Anaya

Ultima, one who cures with magic, comes to Antonio’s New Mexico family when he is six years old; she helps him discover himself in the magic of the pagan past.

And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie

Ten strangers, each with a secret, are gathered on an island by a mysterious host. One by one, they die, and before the weekend is out, there will be none.

Astonishing Color of After
Astonishing Color of After
by Emily X.R. Pan

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web
by E B White

When he discovers that he is destined to be someone's dinner, Wilbur the pig is desolate until his spider friend Charlotte decides to help him.

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
by F Scott Fitzgerald

Gatsby---young, handsome, and rich---always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting. An obsession that can never be fulfilled soon will force his world to unravel.

All the Names They Used for God
All the Names They Used for God
by Anjali Sachdeva

A haunting, diverse debut story collection that explores the isolation we experience in the face of the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives.

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Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
by L M Montgomery

In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one 6th grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl's bigotry comes to the surface.

Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri

In nine stories imbued with the sensual details of Indian culture, Lahiri charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

The Bad Beginning
The Bad Beginning
by Lemony Snicket

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other; their distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to get their fortune.