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Literacy Coalition News
January/February 2012



U.S. Representative Buerkle Joins House Adult Literacy Caucus

Rep. Buerkle and Andrew Washington

Rep. Buerkle meets Andrew Washington, local adult literacy learner advocate. Photo credit: Ali A. Rahman

At Syracuse's Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle formally announced her participation in the Caucus at a media conference on February 13th. She was joined by SEOC's Vice President Tim Penix and ProLiteracy's Vice President for Community Engagement, Mark Cass. The event was organized by the Literacy Coalition.

"We are pleased that Representative Buerkle has joined the House Adult Literacy Caucus and call upon her to provide leadership on this critically important issue in Congress, especially as Syracuse is the birthplace and remains at the center of the adult literacy movement," said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy.

The Caucus and the National Coalition for Literacy also held a Congressional briefing on February 8th focusing on "Building Our Competitive Edge: How Adult Education Leverages Partnerships for Student Success." Learn more.

$20,000 Grant from the Sociological Initiatives Foundation Awarded

Sociological Initiatives FoundationThe Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County was awarded a $20,000 research grant from the Sociological Initiatives Foundation. Under the direction of Drs. Sunita Singh, Monica Sylvia, and Frank Ridzi, co-authors and principle investigators, this funding will expand our Measurement Action Team's research on the impact of our local Imagination Library Program to include refugee families.

Little Free Library

Supported by one of our Literacy Champion Grants last year, InterFaith Works of CNY developed a familiy literacy program called "Jumpstart!Story Circles" with Burmese refugee families, Barbara Schloss is pictured. Photo credit: Diane Parr

This grant competition has a rejection rate of 95% with 7 grants awarded nationally out of 140. This was the maximum amount awarded to any single applicant. BRAVO to our Le Moyne College research team! Learn more.

"Little Free Library" promotes literacy on Syracuse Westside

Little Free Library

Mother Earth with SU Library Science students Darren Glenn and Erin Lee. Photo credit: http://littlelibraries.syr.edu

By Jessica Iannetta, Staff Writer, The Daily Orange

On the surface, it looks like nothing more than an old phone booth stuffed with almost two dozen books.

But a closer inspection of the small structure reveals a weatherproof door and the letters "LFL" written on the side of the booth, which was expanded to fit larger children's books.

But this is not just any box of books — it's a Little Free Library.

Little Free Libraries are small structures placed throughout neighborhoods that house community-based lending libraries. Operating on the premise of "Take a book, return a book," these mini-libraries promote literacy and conversation within the community, according to the Syracuse Little Free Libraries website. Learn more.

Save the Date: March 2, 2012 ~ Read Across America Day!

Read Across America Day

This year's celebration will showcase Dr. Seuss' book, The Lorax, and environmental sustainability. The initiative is the annual motivation and awareness campaign that encourages a celebration of reading on March 2nd, the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.

The Literacy Coalition and White Branch Library will be holding an event on March 2nd, and encourages our schools, libraries and child care centers to do likewise. More details to follow. Learn more.

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