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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Library Grant Opportunity

Grant Opportunity for Innovation
Sparks Ignition Grants are due to the Institute of Museum and Library Services by February 2, 2015. These small grants of $10,000 to $25,000 are to encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations. They can support deployment, testing and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services or organizational practices. Identified problems should be relevant to many libraries and include significant innovation. For more information go to their website and sign up for the webinar on Tuesday, January 6, at 4 pm ET.
Want to know more about IMLS 2015 grant opportunities, read their guide.

We have no idea of what might be considered innovative in the context of adult literacy and libraries, but here are some ideas to help you start thinking

  • Set up a reading better program targeting adult learners who want to be entrepreneurs or who run their own small business. Provide space in your library for their "virtual" office. Provide volunteers and staff to help them learn to read better while establishing their business
  • Find unusual partners, funeral homes, car dealerships, bars and others to recruit volunteer tutors.Take pictures with the staff and ask them to post the pictures with information about your library literacy program on THEIR web page.
  • Develop a tutor training program using smart phones and apps as the technology students and tutors could use for adult basic education lessons.
  • Provide cooking classes for adult learners where they learn to read better by reading recipes and cooking together. Publish a local cookbook with lessons. Have students take their baked goods to your county commision meeting to thank them for funding your adult literacy program. As part of the program, loan out cooking utensils, recruit chiefs to be involved, partner with local farmers and more.

    If you have ideas you consider innovative, share them in comments on our blog.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gadsden Tutor Training Workshop

VALF is providing a free tutor training workshop in Quincy at the Gadsden County Public Library this Saturday.  The follow are assignments for tutor trainees to be completed by the 2nd tutor training day in January. Gadsden County trainees are also asked to view this blog for additional tutoring tips, share their questions and add comments as part of the tutor training.
Basic Reading Tutor Training Assignment

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At ProLiteracy Ed Net, click on name of class

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Optional courses

Succeeding as an Online Learner

Orientation to Volunteering in Literacy

A Way With Words: Strategies for Strengthening Adult Learners' Vocabularies

Unleashing Potential through Multi-Intelligent Literacy Instruction


Required courses  - 3 out of the 5 courses below

Working With Adult Literacy Learners

Principles of Adult Learning 

Phonemic Awareness Instruction for Adult Literacy Learners

Understanding the Reading Process

Before, During and After -- A Reading Comprehension Technique

Suggestion: If you have not done any online courses, do Succeeding as an Online Learner.

If you need help, please email or call Glenda Norvell – or 850-539-6285.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Next VALF Board Meeting Tuesday at 7 pm ET

Our recent VALF retreat will be the main topic for our next board meeting on November 11 at 7 pm. Let Sandy Newell know if you want to come.

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Dear Sandy,

Thank you for placing your Bookmark! By simply taking the time to do this, you are helping bring attention to the literacy issues in our nation.

Did you know? Did you know that in Florida, 64% of children under the age of six have whose parents have less than a high school education live in low-income homes?*

This statistic is alarming. Thankfully, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is working hard to close the social and economic gap caused by low literacy.

By placing your Bookmark, you took an important step in helping bring awareness to this great challenge in America. Now we invite you to share this opportunity with others!

Thank you,
Liza McFadden

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25 Year Anniversary
*National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)

Monday, November 3, 2014

OTAN adult education newsletter

We are pleased to release the Fall 2014 edition of the OTAN Online Connection newsletter, which may be accessed here:
Archived copies of previous OTAN newsletters are available at this link:
OTAN Staff
The OTAN Staff

Friday, October 17, 2014

Workforce Innovation Potential Funding Opportunity --webinar October 20, 10 am CDT

On October 27, 2014, the American Library Association will join the Department of Education and the Department of Labor in hosting “$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA,” an interactive webinar that will explore ways that public and community college libraries can receive funding for employment skills training and job search assistance from the recently-passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Registration for the event will open Monday, Oct 20, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Space is limited.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act allows public and community colleges to be considered additional One-Stop partners a

ProLiteracy Conference Proposals Due Dec 14

ProLiteracy’s Conference on Adult Literacy
Deadline: December 19, 2014
From October 15-18, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina, ProLiteracy’s Conference on Adult Literacy will bring together a dynamic group of individuals and organizations that are committed to responding to the literacy and education needs of the nation and the world.
With the tremendous success of our past conferences and with your ongoing input, we've designed our 2015 national conference around the most pressing issues facing our field today—from technology to fundraising; from instruction to advocacy; from citizenship to GED/HSE preparation; and much more! All the while, we're keeping costs more affordable than ever in a beautiful, historic location with much to see and do.
The ProLiteracy Conference planning team is looking for presentations that share proven successful strategies and practical tools for adult literacy instruction, program management and leadership, and advocacy.
All proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2014. Proposal selection will begin thereafter.
If you have questions, please contact the ProLiteracy conference team at

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