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Thursday, October 3 • 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Accessible ESL at Your Library

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Outward perceptions of a community can be misleading. Located just north of Iowa's capital city of Des Moines, Johnston is a suburb with the second highest median income in the Des Moines metro; yet, in the Johnston Community School District alone, 65 languages are spoken (673 households, 1096 students). Many adults in these households are new to the United States and have limited to no access to learning or improving their English speaking skills. Johnston Public Library has recognized our unique opportunity to support the diversity of our community. Using components of program models from libraries and educational systems, we will discuss the successful language learning program we have created for the greater metro area.

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Peg Rasmussen

Public Services Assistant Librarian, Johnston Public Library
Peg Rasmussen is a Public Services Assistant Librarian at Johnston Public Library in Johnston, Iowa. She has a passion for stories and believes that stories unite and bridge the gap to understanding. She loves that libraries are becoming community centers where learning takes place... Read More →
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Debora Strong

K-5 ESOL, Johnston Public Library
Debora Strong teaches K-5 ESOL for Johnston Community School District. She was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, though in her travels she has called places such as, New Zealand, Australia, Uganda and Mexico, "home".

Thursday October 3, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CDT
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