English Language & Literacy Intensive

Partially funded by the California State Library, the Santa Fe Springs City Library's English Language & Literacy Intensive (ELLI) has been supporting local schools since 2001. Our trained staff work with students designated as being English learners in grades 3-5 in five separate schools. Staff work on lesson plans to coincide with the teacher's curriculum and the students' needs. Every month, books are given to the students to help encourage a love of reading and to help them create their own personal library.

In addition to group lessons, our staff work with local students on literacy projects, such as Flat Stanley, Author Month and the Battle of the Books. 

For more information on the English Language & Literacy Intensive, please visit the California Library Literacy Services page.
Author Month
As part of E.L.L.I., students are given the opportunity to meet an author, see the writing process and read one of his/her books. All E.L.L.I. students receive a paperback copy of the book with the author's signature. Two students from each class are chosen by the teacher to attend the Author Luncheon where more in depth questions can be answered. Some past authors have included Chris Grabenstein, Gail Carson Levine, Pam Munoz Ryan, and Bruce Hale among others.

Flat Stanley
In the spring, students in grades 3-4 participate in a Flat Stanley writing project. They exchange Flat Stanleys with another school across town and take that Flat Stanley on adventures and record in writing and pictures what took place. At the end, all students attend a "Flat Party" meet their partner, receive their original Flat Stanley and hear/read about the adventures he has taken.

At the end of the school year, students in grades 4-5 have read 30 books in preparation for the Battle of the Books which has outgrown the library and Town Center Hall and is now held in the Activity Center. Two teams from Jersey, Rancho, Lakeview, and Cresson are chosen to represent their school. Questions about the books are asked and students must say the title and author of the book where the answer is found. The team with the most correct answers wins the perpetual trophy that is proudly displayed at the school during the next school year. The winning school and team is added to the trophy. Literacy staff read and prepare the questions and visit each school to help them prepare for the battle. During the summer the new list of books is chosen and released at the beginning of school. The library purchases two sets for children to check out.