Emporia State University applied for and received a grant of $2000 from the Interlibrary Loan Development Program of the State Library of Kansas. This grant allows the purchase of materials for the English For Speakers of Other Languages Lending Library. All libraries receiving these grants are required to purchase some materials for the statewide virtual library Audiobooks, Music & More.
The collection is available through the ESU Library Online Catalog. A search can be done in the catalog by first clicking on the “Advanced search” button, typing in the search and limiting by location “ESOL collection.” By using interlibrary loan, educators throughout the state are able to borrow materials by requesting them though their local school or public library. In addition, visitors to Emporia State University may utilize the collection on-site. Anyone with an ESU Hornet I.D. card or a Kansas Resident Card may check out these materials.
Education Program Consultant
Title III & ESOL
Kansas State Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1182
Started in September 1995, the collection provides local school districts and educators access to materials which aid in working with students who are not native speakers of English.
The collection contains ESOL/BE texts, content-based texts, research-based materials, children's fiction for the support of native-language literacy, bilingual materials, and audio and video tapes in English and in over thirty different languages.
Thanks to a collaborative agreement with Emporia State University, the collection is housed in the William Allen White Library on the ESU campus. Funding for the project is provided in part by the United States Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition and Title III of No Child Left Behind. The program is administered by the office of the KSDE that works with English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement.