Friday, October 30, 2015

Redlands A.K. Smiley Public Library to get full-time adult literacy coordinator

A.K. Smiley Public Library to get full-time adult literacy coordinator
Redlands Daily Facts: 10.23.2015 by Sandra Emerson

The A.K. Smiley Public Library is getting a full-time adult literacy coordinator to supervise the growing adult literacy program.

The library has been awarded an annual $52,000 grant from the California State Library to expand the part-time coordinator position to full-time through June 2018.

The City Council approved the part-time position in fiscal year 2014-15, which helped make the library eligible for the grant.

Dottie Podolak was hired as the part-time coordinator in 2014.

Katherine Gifford and Trudy Waldron have served as volunteer coordinators for the program.

The program has 170 volunteers who have been trained to help as tutors, technical assistants and outreach ambassadors, Waldron said on Tuesday.

“Because of the generous support of these volunteers, over 300 local adults have been helped with their reading and writing skills over the years,” she said.

“As a former teacher in this district, I am aware of how strengthening these skills will impact the economic security and the self-worth of these folks.”  READ MORE !

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