About the Blog

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: President of the Board of Directors
Pav YMCA in Berwyn, IL: Marketing & Financial Development Director

Berwyn Public Library: Outreach Services
Libraries' Reading and English Network (LEARN): Member
Lyons Township High School: Adult ESL Teacher, 2009-2012
Project CARE at Morton College: Adult Literacy & ESL Tutor

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:

04/02/2014 Community Voice Article, Berwyn Life (right)

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 (left)

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