Mid-Hudson Library System
     103 Market Street  |  Poughkeepsie, NY 12601  |  845.471.6060  |  fax      845.454.5940  |  http://midhudson.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2002


Contact:
Tracy Gartelmann, Homework/Literacy Library Center Coordinator
845.471.6060 x19 (Tuesdays and Thursdays); tgartelmann@midhudson.org
or

Rebekkah Smith, Coordinator of Community Relations
845.471.6060 x39 (Monday-Friday); rsmith@midhudson.org

                       

Learning Aid for ESL Students

Crossroads Café video series now available @your library

(Mid-Hudson Valley, NY) – The Mid-Hudson Library System is pleased to announce that seven of its regional libraries have recently acquired copies of the acclaimed Crossroads Café video series, a unique aid to learning English for speakers of other languages. Copies of the 26-video series, which were acquired under the auspices of a federal grant from the Library Services and Technology Act, are now available for loan from Brewster Public Library, Greenville Public Library, Grinnell Library in Wappingers Falls, Howland Library in Beacon, Hudson Area Library, Marlboro Free Library and Plattekill Library. Patrons of other local and regional libraries may request the series through inter-library loan. 

The series, which is presented in a compelling comedy/drama format, centers upon the lives of six characters who meet at a neighborhood café – a warm, friendly spot where many paths cross. It is designed to be easily accessible, flexible, interactive and inviting for use in the home, workplace, community center or school. Each lesson provides an integrated experience of listening, reading and writing. Learners may work at their own speed and level of proficiency, watching the series over and over again as they progress through the different levels of challenge in the accompanying print materials.

In addition to the Crossroads Café series, the seven participating libraries have acquired both on-line and print versions of the 2002 edition of the World Book Encyclopedia, and have established after-school Homework/Family Literacy Centers designed to aid students and families with homework, school assignments and literacy needs.  For more information, and for Homework/Literacy Center Hours, please contact the participating library nearest you:  Howland Public Library in Beacon, 845-831-1134; Brewster Public Library, 845-279-6421; Greenville Public Library, 518-966-8205; Hudson Area Association Library, 518-828-1792; Marlboro Free Library, 845-236-7272; Plattekill Library, 845-883-7286; and Grinnell Library in Wappingers Falls, 845-297-3428. For more information: http://midhudson.org/homework.htm.

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