The Seattle Public Library offers English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation groups throughout the city for beginning- to advanced-level learners to practice speaking English in July, August and September.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Participants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Topics include everything from education and social issues to food, money, family and weather. Times, dates and locations for the meetings are as follows:

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, July 10 through Aug. 14 at the Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084 .

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 11 through Sept. 12 at the Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7518 .

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 12 through Sept. 13 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1, 206-684-0849 .

10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, July 15 through Sept. 16 at the Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., 206-684-4711.