About the Author

Welcome! My name is Esther Chase, and I'm an adult literacy advocate in the near-west suburbs of Chicago.

I have worked and served in the following organizations:

Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County (LVWCC): President of the Board of Directors

Berwyn Public Library: Outreach Services
Libraries' Reading and English Network (LEARN): Member
Lyons Township High School: Adult ESL Teacher, 2009-2012

Libraries are a natural provider of literacy services and programs for adults learning to read and write, and for those learning English as a Second Language. Higher levels of literacy coincide with higher socioeconomic status in a community. It has also been shown that communities with higher literacy levels routinely take advantage of their public library's services. Volunteer literacy tutors can help reverse trends of generational low-literacy by introducing the value of their public library to their adult learners.

It is my belief that libraries and literacy organizations can create powerful partnerships. Together, we can help our communities and our patrons rise to a better quality of life and to new levels of civic engagement that are the real American Dream.

In the News:

10/28/2013 Video: The American Dream Starts @ your library - Berwyn Public Library
01/23/2013 Berwyn Public Library offers help with homework, adult literacy, Berwyn Life
12/27/2012 Berwyn Public Library offers many benefits to residents, Berwyn Life
11/23/2012 Berwyn Public Library has bright future ahead, Berwyn Life
10/17/2012 Berwyn citizenship program opens doors for locals, Berwyn Life
09/28/2012 Berwyn Library boasts bevy of adult education classes Saturday, Berwyn Life
09/25/2012 Literacy Volunteers in Oak Park help people make connections, Wednesday Journal
07/31/2012 Digital supplement highlights libraries’ successes in serving adult English language learners, ALA
02/22/2012 No longer a 'Shhh!' place: Berwyn library moves past stereotypes to offer new programming, Berwyn Life
11/22/2011 Berwyn Library seeks volunteers to help students, Berwyn Life
04/18/2011 Berwyn to crown Poetry Idol, competition begins Tuesday, Berwyn Life
12/09/2010 Poetry boosting Berwyn library's popularity, Berwyn Life
12/02/2010 Library hosts 3rd Poetry Idol, Berwyn Life Photo Gallery
11/08/2010 Video: Berwyn Public Library - Poetry Idol
09/10/2010 Video: International Literacy Day Celebration at the Berwyn Library, ALA
08/04/2010 New ESL books thanks to grant, Berwyn Life Photo Gallery
06/21/2010 Parents in ESL program have their own graduation, The Doings (La Grange)
06/15/2010 Video: Summer Bilingual Storytimes, Berwyn Library
05/19/2010 Video: "Tell Me a Story" Preschool Storytime Program, Berwyn Library
03/25/2009 Library helps with job searching, Brookfield Suburban Life
09/09/2008 Seniors get invited to play their favorite sport with Wii [photo], Brookfield Suburban Life
06/23/2008 Russo Award from Morton College's Project CARE goes to Chase, Morton College News