Enriching Language and Culture, One Student at a Time through the Public Library System

Multifaceted centers are the new libraries. Gone are the days of just using the public library to check out books and use the computer. Cobb County is expanding the use and purpose of the public libraries in support of varied community needs, interests, and cultures. CCSD’s Eastvalley Elementary School joined the community in investigating some of the centers’ offerings.

Last year Cobb County celebrated the opening of the new Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center. These facilities are open to the community. Families and students can enjoy classes and activities to bridge and enrich the different cultures and welcome diversity in the surrounding communities.

Eastvalley Elementary was able to take advantage of one of Cobb County Public Library System’s latest additions. The Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center are both located just  a few miles from Eastvalley Elementary School. To help serve the community, the center provides educational services in visual and performing arts. The Black Box Theatre and amphitheater’s venues include a gallery and offer indoor and outdoor performances.

Eastvalley teachers, Mrs. Gondek and Mrs. Yefremova, invited ESOL parents on one Saturday to take a tour of the library, learn how to check out a book, sign up for adult and youth art/music afternoon classes, and explore computer resources. Parents and students enjoyed the facility and were excited to find something for each member of their family.

Eastvalley ESOL teacher, Sasha Yefremova, encourages English Learners and their families to take advantage of the educational, cultural, and arts resources offered at Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center.

Dr. Mae Wlazlinski, Supervisor
ESOL / Title III

Contributing Author: Oleksandra Yefremova and Dr. Arleen Folorunsho

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