Resources for Librarians: Serving ELLs and Their Families

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The library can be a lifeline for English language learners and their families who are new to this country or who speak multiple languages.

Learn more about serving ELLs and their families in school and public libraries from the following resources and videos!

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Guidance and Resources for Schools and Staff Working with Unaccompanied Minors

ELL Resources for School Librarians

ELLs at the Library

Learn how to help English language learners make the most of the school library with these articles and videos, including suggestions for reading programs, ideas for welcoming ELLs in the library, and bilingual tip sheets for parents.

Immigrant Resources for Public Librarians

Asian grandmother and grandchildren at the Library

Take a look at these tips on serving your immigrant community effectively and welcoming immigrants to the library in this resource section, which includes toolkits, Spanish-language resources, and related guidelines.

Multicultural Books and Resources

The Star People: A Lakota Story

These booklists and releated resources recommend a wide range of titles representing diverse cultures and backgrounds, along with guidelines for selecting appropriate titles for libraries and classrooms.

Pura Belpré: Her Life and Legacy

Pura Belpre Award

Meet Pura Belpré,the first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library system and the namesake of the Pura Belpré Award, presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Videos: Welcoming ELLs in the Library

Authors, educators, and librarians talk about the magic of the library and share tips for welcoming diverse families to school and public libraries.

This playlist is also available on YouTube.


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