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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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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

VALF Board Agenda October 14

Agenda, October 14,  Tuesday 7 pm


Treasurers & Membership Report

Presidents Report

Retreat Report & Agree on Next Steps: Jim Wilder

Friday, October 3, 2014

VALF Grant Opportunity --due December 1

VALF will be awarding another round of grants in 2015 to Florida's volunteer literacy programs. Go to the application to learn more.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Grant Opportunity for Libraries - due October 13

Deadline extended to Oct. 13 to apply for The American Dream Starts @ your library grant funding

Grants available to libraries to fund programs and resources for adult English language learners in Dollar General communities

CHICAGO – Monday, October 13 is the new deadline for libraries to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support programs aimed at enhancing adult literacy through The American Dream Starts @ your library® initiative. 

The American Dream Starts @ your library® is administered through the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services and has provided funding to over 100 libraries across the United States since 2008. Public libraries interested in improving services to English language learners through holding classes, tutor training, expanding collections, purchasing technology or improving public awareness are invited to apply. These grants mark the fourth round of grants made possible through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which has renewed its commitment to the initiative through a $327,512 grant to ALA.

To be eligible for funding, the applicant institution must be a public library, or a public library with a bookmobile providing literacy services for adult English language learners, and must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office.

Monday, September 29, 2014

October is Health Literacy Month. There are many resources available on health. The Florida Literacy Coalition has a health literacy curriculum that can be downloaded or print copies can be ordered.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GCF Learns Fun Reading Lessons

GCF Learns is a free, yes I said FREE!, online site to learn basic reading and speaking skills. You can learn other skills too, like microsoft products. The basic reading site focuses on 1,000 words with a variety of activities for different learning styles. It has a section for ELL and another for basic reading.

If your student is comfortable with games, he or she will like the reading game activities. This site is available on a smart phone. This means students can learn on the go, standing in line or waiting in the car to pick up their child and more.

Many lessons include video and/or audio. A student can use it even if they have lower reading skills. There is even a lesson on how to bake a cake.