Saturday, June 10, 2017

Our Advisory Committee with ALA's American Dream Literacy Initiative

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to sit on a small committee of adult literacy advocates led by the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS).

We're teaming up to provide mentoring to the 2017 American Dream Libraries who've received grants in the fifth round of funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Advisors, like me, are past recipients of the American Dream grants with an interest in helping libraries all over the country build sustainable collections and impactful programs.

Zina Clark, Program Coordinator at ODLOS, serves as the official contact for The American Dream Literacy Initiative and coordinates our advisors.

Zina has put a great deal of work into helping us become acquainted and strengthen relationships with ALA's leadership. Later this month, we'll get the chance to meet the new American Dream grant recipients at ALA's 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

We're hosting a panel discussion on the American Dream Literacy Initiative for a wide audience of stakeholders on Saturday, June 24th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM at McCormick Place, room W181b.

Would you like to find out more about the American Dream grant opportunity? Get all the information you'll need at our panel discussion and various networking opportunities throughout the conference. Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Online Course for Public Libraries About Adult Literacy

ProLiteracy and the American Library Association have teamed up to produce a free online course for public librarians on how to support adult literacy.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rails and Gale Cengage team up to offer Career Online High School

If you live in a library district who participates in Rails (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) you can now get your actual high school diploma and a career certificate completely online. Participating libraries may offer "free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students within their service areas." The online learning platform is provided by Gale Cengage.

Career Online High School is a legitimate and accredited program that community colleges will have a tough time competing with. You can actually transfer-in credits that you have already completed at your former high school(s).

Monday, May 9, 2016

A new permanent home for Citizenship and GED Study Groups

Our Citizenship and GED study groups will remain at the Pav YMCA.

The Y believes in helping others build a better life. As a part of their focus on social responsibility, our goals and activities truly fit there. They also offer childcare, which has been high on our wishlist of support from a host organization.

To celebrate this milestone in the development of our local adult literacy initiative, we included the study groups in the Pav YMCA's annual support campaign video.

While we've been at the Y, we were happy to bring on a member, Loretta Harper, who has experience in homeschooling. As you can see, she's found our GED study group to be a good use of her talents. You'll also see Susan Brownell, who has been with us since the beginning and she continues to flourish as our Citizenship tutor.

Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County is proud to provide academic support and tutor training to the shared groups. We feel confident that the Y will be a great place to recruit the volunteers we need to be sustainable for years to come.

Friday, January 1, 2016

A Year Ahead with Big Changes

This month I will be leaving my Outreach Services role at the Berwyn Public Library for a new role as Marketing & Financial Development Director at the Pav YMCA in Berwyn. I look forward to using the skills I developed in marketing and grant writing at the Berwyn Library in my new role at the YMCA. In terms of career advancement, it's a natural step forward.

For the last 4 months, I have been working in both organizations in order to make a smooth transition. After 6 years with the Library, a long transition period is just the right way to go--most of my personal identity has been with the Library and the programs we created. So from here, I have to begin thinking of myself in a new light.