Welcome to the ESLC Learn-From-Home Library!

Each month you will find a selection of training articles, videos, audio documentaries, or online “exhibits” for you to explore. These resources are meant to grow your skills and understanding as a literacy tutor and a mentor, so the resources below focus on everything from literacy strategies, to stories from cultural groups who call Minnesota home, to a dose of inspiration. We invite you to select what looks most interesting to you, at a time convenient to you. All ESLC Literacy Mentors are invited to explore the Learn-From-Home Library.

We hope that you will connect and let us know what you are reflecting on as you engage with these resources.

  • Complete an Independent Training Record (Link HERE) to count your training hours and let us know what you thought of each resource.
  • Engage in further discussion with fellow Literacy Mentors by joining our private ESLC Facebook Group! Visit and request to join our group.


AmeriCorps Members: to ensure receipt of the monthly stipend, please make sure you complete at least one hour of Learning-From-Home per month. Following your training, you must complete our Independent Training Record. Completion of this record will count as your timesheet entries for the remainder of the year. Complete the Independent Training Record for each independent training session/resource you explore.

Independent Training Record  

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 June Learn-From-Home Training Resources

You will notice that our resource theme for the month looks to center the lived experience of people of color and provide resources for anti-racism work. As a white-led organization, we know our silence on the injustices of police brutality only add to trauma. So we aim to join others in our community this June in reflection, mourning and processing. We hope you use the resources below as an invitation to join us.

That being said, we know that these are difficult topics and may be traumatizing at this time. We want you to honor your mental health and respect any need to distance as needed. For our AmeriCorps members who need one hour of training in June, in addition to the resources below, our Year End Celebration or the call-in training provided by the AARP Foundation will fulfill this requirement.

AmeriCorps Members – Please complete your hour of training and Independent Training Independent Record by Friday, June 19th. This will help us with program close-out.


Mark & Max - School Colors Podcast

School Colors is a narrative podcast from Brooklyn Deep about how race, class, and power shape American cities and schools. We follow generations of parents and educators fighting for their children and their community in a rapidly changing Black neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

LISTEN HERE (Scroll to the bottom for Episode 1) 


Scene on Radio Podcast – Seeing White Series

Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017.



MPR News Live Special – Listening to the voices of black Minnesotans

On Sunday, May 31, MPR News aired a special call-in program focusing on the experiences of black Minnesotans this week. Marianne Combs hosted the hour and introduced it this way:

"This has been a challenging week on so many levels — the grief over the murder of George Floyd, the demands for justice, and the chaos that has ensued on our city streets. We are living in a heightened state of fear, anxiety and plenty of rumors and disinformation to go along with it … There is no one narrative here … and we need to live in that ambiguity and parse through it as best we can. That’s part of what we’re going to try to do here today. And we also need to figure out what to do next."



MPR News – Floyd protests: How did we get here?

Demonstrators say it wasn't only the killing of George Floyd while in police custody that led to this week's protests in the Twin Cities — anger and frustration has been building for decades. MPR News host Angela Davis dives into the historical context.



Washington Post Perspective - Children’s books can help start a conversation about race. Parents have to continue it.


HERE are more resources for families (and volunteers) about talking to children about race. 

And HERE is a resource for finding diverse children’s books. 


Code Switch Podcast – A Decade Of Watching Black People Die

The last few weeks have been filled with devastating news — stories about the police killing black people. At this point, these calamities feel familiar — so familiar, in fact, that their details have begun to echo each other.



On the Media – Boiling Point

Protestors are expressing outrage over police brutality while the president is threatening violence against them on Twitter. We follow how this latest chapter of unrest follows generations of pain, and how the Karen meme is shedding light on racism and entitlement during the pandemic.


TPT Minnesota Originals - Jim Crow of the North

Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created.



Resource Lists

Ideal Bookshelf – Anti-Racism Book List HERE


Anti-Racism Resources for White People HERE


Events in Our Community

The Confronting Whiteness & Racism Working Group is hosting a prayerful discussion of the Basilica of St. Mary’s “Becoming Human” series this summer and fall. Our own Mary Noble is a co-facilitator!

Starts on Wednesday, June 10th, 6:30-8pm on Zoom and meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month during June, July, August.

Two sessions on each of the these topics:
•Civil War to Civil Rights: Dr. David Williard
•The War on Drugs:  Dr. Jessica Siegel
•Mass Incarceration: Dr. Amy Levad
Contact Rosemary Curran at with questions or to register.



Experience Corps Call-In Training Offerings

Experience Corps National is offering live, call-in trainings with literacy mentors and tutors from all over the country. Feel free to participate in one of these trainings to fulfill your monthly training hour! Save the date now and we’ll be in touch with call in information and accompanying training resources.


Structured Session Opening, Closing and Read Aloud – Do They Really Matter?

Thursday, June 11, 1-2pm Central Time


Thursday, May 18, 1-2pm Central Time



Health, Wellness & Connection Resources from AARP

Not for training purposes; just resources for you to use and share.

  • Weekly live Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall meetings every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. (Central). Hear from national experts as they share the latest information about the pandemic, the response and how to protect yourself. LEARN MORE
  • Visit for an evolving list of Minnesota resources for healthcare, food, financial help and more. 
  • AARP “Community Connections” programs help people form local networks of assistance and connect isolated people with a friendly voice by phone. Start a group, find a group, or even request a friendly call from one of our volunteers; we can help you connect with people in your community.