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Literacy Coalition News
July/August 2015


"Open Imagination Library to all Onondaga County children"

This was the headline of the following editorial. On August 12th at an event at Le Moyne College, we not only released the latest research on the impact of our Imagination Library program on kindergarten readiness... but County Executive Joanie Mahoney wants to help us expand county-wide!

By Editorial Board on August 19, 2015

"Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.''

So began the American Academy of Pediatrics' 2014 policy statement urging doctors who care for infants and young children to make promoting literacy part of their mission. The academy cited research shows that having books around the house and hearing them read aloud contribute to a child's language development and school success later on.

Some preliminary research in Syracuse appears to bear that out.

A team from Le Moyne College has been studying participants in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library since it began here five years ago. Children enrolled in the program at birth receive an age-appropriate book every month for five years. The books are free to the kids; costs are split between the country singer's foundation and funds raised by its local partner, the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County.

Flash-back to our Imagination Library launch at White Branch Library on May 15, 2010, with Joel Delmonico, LCOC Chairman, and County Executive Joanie Mahoney. Chuck Wainwright

Imagination Library began in 2010 in two Syracuse ZIP codes. It expanded to cover half the city in 2012 and to the entire city in 2014. In that time, more than 6,000 children have been enrolled and more than 85,000 books have been distributed. The first enrollees are now entering kindergarten. Read more »


The Skills Gap & Adult Learners: What’s the REAL Story?

In celebration of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Sept. 21-25th, ProLiteracy, CenterState CEO and the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County are jointly sponsoring a community-wide forum on Monday, Sept. 21st at 3pm at the Ruth J. Colvin Center for Innovation and Excellence in Adult Literacy at ProLiteracy, 104 Marcellus Street.

A panel of community members, including Congressman John Katko; Tim Penix, Syracuse EOC; Dominic Robinson, CenterState CEO; Marsha Tait, Literacy CNY; and Peter Waite, ProLiteracy; will discuss the findings of the recently released Onondaga Citizens League’s Report on “Understanding the Employment the Skills Gap in CNY” from the perspective of adult learners. If you’re interested in joining us, please RSVP to 422-9121 by Sept. 14th.

Also use this media toolkit, developed by ProLiteracy, for developing and promoting both International Literacy Day and Adult Education & Family Literacy Week »


Save the Date for the 3rd Annual "Stories of the Season" Holiday Event!

With the continued support of iHeartMedia and community partners, it is our pleasure to announce the 3rd Annual "Stories of the Season" has been scheduled for Friday, November 27th, a Family Gathering in the Clinton Exchange Building on the same night as the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Clinton Square. Stay tuned for more details to come!


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