Redlands’ Smiley Library’s Adult Literacy program welcomes new face
Redlands Daily Facts: 12.04.2014 by Kristina Hernandez
A part-time literacy coordinator has been hired to help expand the A.K. Smiley Public Library’s Literacy Program.
Dottie Podolak, an educator who has worked for the Redlands Unified School District, will join Katherine Gifford and Trudy Waldron, volunteer literacy coordinators, to create new opportunities for students.
“I’m very excited to be coming in to a wonderful program and to be a part of the Smiley Library,” Podolak said by phone Thursday. “The hope for us as we look ahead is to continue to really deepen the program that has already been established.”
According to the library, 15 to 20 percent of adults in the country are in need of literacy assistance; the program’s goal is to assist adults 18 and older to improve their reading and writing skills.
The program has assisted more than 220 adults in the past four years.
“There is definitely a need for this program and the program has been really held up by these two wonderful volunteers, Trudy and Katherine, who have dedicated themselves to this cause. To come in and work with them is a privilege,” Podolak said. READ MORE !