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Learning English at the Delta library

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Nahid Hassanzadeh and Lae Sari work on a lesson during an English language learning class at Delta Library. Danielle Carre, long-time educator for the library district, teaches the class that meets every Monday and Wednesday evening. Both Hassanzadeh and Sari are grateful for the opportunity. "This class has helped me understand English speakers and how to read English," Sari explains. "Now, when I talk on the phone I can understand what is being said and how to answer. When I have to call the school I am able to explain why my children are absent on that day." Hassanzadeh talks about how understanding English has made an impact in her life. "Before, I was afraid to come out of my house because I didn't know how to speak English," Hassanzadeh says. "I now have my U.S. citizenship! I was able to pass the citizenship test because of this English class. In the small towns, these English classes are very important because without them, we can't get the help we need." The library district's adult literacy program has faced huge cuts in funding due to the loss of a major grant in 2017. Gail Srebnik, the program's administrator, has kept the program afloat by piecing together smaller grants. Recently, the libraries were awarded an American Dream Literacy grant offered by the American Library Association and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant specifically funds English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, which are available for free to all students. Learn more at www.deltalibraries.org.

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