Presentation Title

Collaboration: University Literacy Center and Public Library

Location

Room 210

Type of Presentation

Panel (1 hour and 15 minutes presentation total for two or more presenters)

Target Audience

K-12

Abstract

The thrust of this workshop centers on citing examples of a myriad of Public Library/University Literacy Center collaborative efforts that work. In this panel presentation, we shall examine a multitude of collaborative means of promoting partnerships between universities and public libraries.

As founder and director of the Augusta University Literacy Center, I am delighted to participate in a panel that will explain how we at the Augusta University Literacy Center successfully partner with staff at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library. For example, The Literacy Center and the Public Library have applied for a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading/discussion program designed for at-risk teen parents. These at-risk teen parents have young children who are also being tutored by Augusta University students at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library.

In addition, we at the University Literacy Center have established a satellite literacy center at the main public library as well. The Augusta University Literacy Center and the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library work cooperatively already in reaching teen parents and their children in terms of building reading skills. It seems a perfect match to take this program forward if selected as a recipient of the ALA grant.

Teen parents are often reluctant readers especially in regards to reading selections that deal with complex issues that they address in their everyday lives. How-to provide teen parents in small groups with opportunities to discuss books read and participate in developmentally appropriate follow-up activities will be included in this panel presentation.

Presentation Description

In this presentation, we shall provide registrants with proven examples of how a University Literacy Center and a public library may to produce more readers.

Keywords

Literacy Center, Teen Parents, Reluctant Readers

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Oct 1st, 9:45 AM Oct 1st, 11:00 AM

Collaboration: University Literacy Center and Public Library

Room 210

The thrust of this workshop centers on citing examples of a myriad of Public Library/University Literacy Center collaborative efforts that work. In this panel presentation, we shall examine a multitude of collaborative means of promoting partnerships between universities and public libraries.

As founder and director of the Augusta University Literacy Center, I am delighted to participate in a panel that will explain how we at the Augusta University Literacy Center successfully partner with staff at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library. For example, The Literacy Center and the Public Library have applied for a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading/discussion program designed for at-risk teen parents. These at-risk teen parents have young children who are also being tutored by Augusta University students at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library.

In addition, we at the University Literacy Center have established a satellite literacy center at the main public library as well. The Augusta University Literacy Center and the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library work cooperatively already in reaching teen parents and their children in terms of building reading skills. It seems a perfect match to take this program forward if selected as a recipient of the ALA grant.

Teen parents are often reluctant readers especially in regards to reading selections that deal with complex issues that they address in their everyday lives. How-to provide teen parents in small groups with opportunities to discuss books read and participate in developmentally appropriate follow-up activities will be included in this panel presentation.