English Club

October 5, 2016

English Club ESL Resources

English Club is a free website for learners and teachers of ESL that offers activities to build students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Educators can find printable worksheets, activities, lesson plans, online discussions, and interactive practice for learners. Visit English Club for more information.

Celebrate! for Children at the John F. Kennedy Library

September 15, 2016

The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America’s rich cultural diversity through the arts. The listing below includes a variety of free performances that might interest your family, relatives, and friends:


Teaching E.L.L. Students With Messaging Apps and New York Times Videos

September 2, 2016

New York Times Learning Network


September 1, 2016

ESL-Lounge is a website that gives free access to hundreds of ESL lesson plans and materials that can be used for communicative English lessons in the classroom. Resources on the site include printable grammar worksheets, surveys, flashcards, song lyrics, board games, and reading comprehension and communication activities for various levels of English knowledge. The “Book Worm” sections throughout the site help teachers choose the best learning materials for their students. Visit their website for more information.

Free voting guide!

August 25, 2016
 “This brief voting guide comes to you from News for You®,the easy-to-read weekly newspaper and website. This guide explains who can vote and why every vote counts. It describes how Americans choose their leaders. It also tells you how to
register and how to cast your ballot.”
Free Voting Guide

Let’s go on a field trip!

August 19, 2016

Here are some great ideas from our Newton Free Library ELL & Literacy tutors:

Chinese House at the Peabody Essex  Museum

Flower Show at the World Trade Center

H Mart, an Asian Grocery Store in Burlington


Tea Party Ship

DeCordova Museum

Harbor Cruise to the Harbor Islands

Duck Boats

Museum of Fine Arts – free ESOL tours

Haymarket on Friday and Saturday

Wellesley Botanical Gardens

Tours of the Boston Public Library

Freedom Trail

Gore Place, Waltham

Drumlin Farm

Wayside Inn, Sudbury – complex with grist mill

Fruitlands at Harvard, MA

Louisa May Alcott House

Auburndale Book Sale

Concerts at the Newton Free Library


Garden in the Woods

Jackson Homestead

Newton Cemetery

Have fun!





Newton Free Library A-Z Collage Series

August 19, 2016

 Come to the third floor Language and Literacy Center to view our beautiful A to Z Collage Series donated by Phoebe Ann Erb, artist and English teacher to adult immigrants from around the world. The fine art prints enliven our Language and Literacy Center and inspire tutors and learners in the English Language Learning & Literacy program. Now part of the library’s permanent art collection, the series will serve as a teaching tool and conversation starter.