Library Aims to Offer English Classes; Cooper-Siegel Community Library Librarian Ann Andrews Hopes to Offer English as a Second Language, or ESL, Classes This Winter If She Can Find Teachers to Volunteer Their Time. [Derived Headline]

By Panizzi, Tawnya | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 10, 2015 | Go to article overview

Library Aims to Offer English Classes; Cooper-Siegel Community Library Librarian Ann Andrews Hopes to Offer English as a Second Language, or ESL, Classes This Winter If She Can Find Teachers to Volunteer Their Time. [Derived Headline]


Panizzi, Tawnya, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Cooper-Siegel Community Library Librarian Ann Andrews hopes to offer English as a Second Language, or ESL, classes this winter if she can find teachers to volunteer their time.

The small classes are planned one night a week to cater to a growing population of Chinese families in the Lower Allegheny Valley, Andrews said. The library is in Fox Chapel.

"There are members of our community who see a need for adults and children to have English tutoring available, and that educational outreach falls within our scope," she said. "We're not just a place to check out books. We want to offer enrichment."

Aspinwall resident Grace Barr, who attends the Pittsburgh Chinese Church in Oakland, is spearheading the effort to start the class. She said a vibrant ESL class is held at the church each week, and many students are from the Fox Chapel area.

"I just thought we could definitely benefit from starting one here," Barr said. "We have so many scholar families who are here to study at CMU and other universities for their post-doctorate research, and their children could benefit from the class. …

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