English Language & Literacy Intensive (ELLI)
ELLI, the English Language & Literacy Intensive, was created in 2000 so that libraries could formally help schools improve the literacy skills and test scores of California schoolchildren who struggle to learn English.
ELLI programs seek to supplement – rather than duplicate – the work of the schools. This is not a curricular approach; instead these programs incorporate educational games, field-trips, guest speakers, story-time, after-school homework help, arts and crafts, music and other activities which gently immerse children in English.
- Provide school-age children with a variety of fun, library-based experiences and activities that support the acquisition of English.
- Support parents in their own acquisition of English by connecting them with an English as a Second Language program whether that be at the library or in the community.
- Help parents become actively involved in the formal and informal education of their children.
- Introduce children to a wonderful variety of children's literature.
- Help acquaint families, many of whom are new to the U.S., with the public library and the other local resources that are available to them.