Hilda Lopez's parents came to the United States as immigrants from Mexico, so as a first generation American she fully understands the meaning of the ESL component in everyday lives. She grew up in an age that there was no ESL for children in her school district, so kids were just placed in a classroom and expected to learn English. Well it worked. Kids are sponges and they learn differently than adults. ESL is necessary for the learning adult, so the ESL Conversation Club was born at Santa Clara Public Library. Hilda attended San Jose State University and has worked for the City of Santa Clara Library for close to 30 years. She enjoys being the liaison between the Santa Clara Unified School District attending the Migrant Ed. Groups and the yearly Steps to Success Program at the library. Besides being devoted to her library she’s always ready to take on any new and innovative project that might ‘pop’ up at the library.