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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Library Use and Adult Literacy

Cool video on library use called, For My Daughter For more information about library literacy, contact Sandy Newell, adult literacy consultant with the Bureau of Library Development at

Monday, February 1, 2016

Teaching Reading Online

Are you wondering how you can teach someone to read and write better online?  Read this article about how the teacher used the sandwich approach.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Family Literacy Discussion Guide for Refugee Children

In celebration of World Day of Migrants and Refugees, The Event Kit for was released for classrooms, libraries and community organizers to start a conversation about being a welcoming community.  

The kit is based on the picture book I’M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O’Brien (Charlesbridge Publishing).  The book was a "Kirkus Reviews 100 Best Picture Books of 2015."

I’M NEW HERE: Creating a Conversation About Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees: 
A Classroom or Community Event Kit
Explore and download the free kit here:

The kit was co-produced by the team at I’m Your Neighbor, a website featuring “new arrival” kidlit:

I’M NEW HERE: Giveaway
Thanks to Charlesbridge Publishing, we are also giving away 20 copies to educators, librarians and community organizers serving grades 00-05.  Enter here:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read Grants

DEADLINE: January 27, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2016 and June 2017. NEA Big Read is a national program that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Organizations selected to participate in the program receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000.

Visit for more information.

Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email

Poster for English Language Learners

Download this free poster as a pdf, and post it in your adult literacy classroom.
Nine expressions every middle schooler English Language Learner (ELL) should know

For more information about working with adults who are English Language Learners, contact Sandy Newell, the consultant responsible for adult literacy with the Florida Bureau of Library Development