Become a VALF Member

Complete the membership form and make your payment with the Pay Pal Donation button.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ProLiteracy Conference Announcement


Save the Date! ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy

September 27-30, 2017
Radisson Blu Mall of America
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy is an affordable and beneficial event focusing on adult literacy and basic education issues to help attendees discover new tools and strategies, implement dynamic programming, enhance leadership skills, and engage with a diverse group of peers from organizations of all types and sizes. Registration will open soon.

See you in Minneapolis!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Raising funds helps our literacy programs expand, and research supports the fact that the best way to raise money is to simply ask for it. But, many library staff, Friends members and volunteers are reluctant to do this. This article is all about the four kinds of styles people have in making the ask.  It says that there is not “one right asking style”. We all can do it by using our strengths.

I am Sandy Newell with the Bureau of Library Development. I took the quiz and found out that I am a Kindred Spirit. The other styles are Rainmaker, Go-Getter and Mission Controller. Even though this is a commercial site, it provides context to motivate everyone to make the ask.

There is a lot of information out there on library fundraising. A title available at Webjunction is, The Small Community Advantage in Library Fundraising.

For more information about starting or managing library literacy programs  contact Sandy Newell

Friday, June 3, 2016

Nuts and Bolts Program by Gale on COHS

To give you the opportunity to engage and ask questions about the Career Online High School Program brought to you by the State of Florida, the Gale team will be hosting two webinars on June 6th.Please be sure to use the links below to register beforehand.

Career Online High School -- Nuts-and-Bolts for Library Program Management -- Monday, June 6th at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
This 30-minute webinar presented by Gale will give an overview of the fundamentals of Career Online High School for your library. Join this session to hear more about the program essentials, resources to support recruitment, and tools available to ensure success.  We’ll cover topics such as marketing and recruitment, to scholarship enrollment and graduation. This webinar is meant to provide an introductory overview and answer questions for libraries who are considering applying for, or are finishing their application to participate in the 2016-2017 Career Online High School project by the State of Florida. 

10:00 – 10:30am session:   Register Here!
3:00 – 3:30pm session:    Register Here!

Gale Presenters: 
Audra Bussey, Education Sales Consultant, Public Libraries
Jackie Sullivan, Director, Consortia East