On Wednesday, November 16, the Queens Library’s Long Island City Adult Learning Program held an early Thanksgiving feast that married the foods and cultures of its students with an age-old American tradition. The Long Island City branch has a very diverse student population, similar to many of the other Adult Learning Programs the Queens Library operates, and for some of the students, this was their first Thanksgiving experience. The students created tri-fold posters to illustrate what they were thankful for—in English—and the winning poster group will receive a prize for their work.
ReServist John Colligan, who is placed as adult literacy resource coordinator, enjoyed watching the students practice their English while they celebrated and shared in this new tradition. John’s established a great relationship with his students and his students highly appreciate his dedication. John has been placed at the Library for over a year and his experience with English-language learners has had an impact on him personally—he recently enrolled in an ESOL certificate course at the New School to further his understanding of the subject. He also serves as the unofficial photographer, so it’s a rarity that we were able to get him in front of the camera.