Literacy and Outreach
"PASS THE WORD - READ!" ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM
The Sandusky Library's "Pass the Word - Read!" Literacy Program offers an opportunity for volunteer tutors to teach adults to read or to improve their reading skills.
Volunteer tutors meet individually with adult learners for one or two hours each week at the Library. The date and time of each session is arranged between the student and the tutor. Morning, afternoon, or evening sessions can be requested. The Literacy Program is confidential for the adult learner/student. There is no cost to participate.
Literacy tutors attend an all-day training workshop on the "Laubach Way to Reading," a popular reading method used in adult literacy programs nationwide. Tutor training workshops are usually held twice a year. The tutor receives a certificate upon completion of the workshop and is then eligible to begin working with students.
"PASS THE WORD - READ!" ADULT LITERACY TUTOR TRAINING
An All-day tutor training workshop for new adult volunteers (and current tutors who would like to brush up on their teaching skills) are held periodically at the Library. Rick McIntosh of Project Learn of Summit County instructs adult volunteers how to help an adult student improve his/her reading and writing skills. After the workshop, trained volunteers are matched with an adult requesting help. This program is free and is confidential to the student. A training workshop is currently not scheduled, however, for information about upcoming workshops or the literacy program, call Sherry Hargrove at 419-625-3834.
All-Star Readers is a program designed especially for children who need a chance to practice or improve their reading skills. This program pairs first, second, and third grade children with preteen, teen or adult volunteers. Reading pairs meet once a week in six-week sessions throughout the year. The volunteers' job is to listen to their reading mate, play reading games provided by the Library, and help the student select books to take home.
An All-Star Readers Workshop is held for volunteers before the program begins.
BLAST OFF WITH READING!
This 45-minute reading program is for students in Kindergarten. Students are paired with a pre-teen, teen, or adult volunteer. Each session incorporates read alouds, games, and practice of various reading skills including comprehension, letter sounds, sight words, and more. Students do not need to be able to read to participate. Please contact the Library if you would like to volunteer for this program.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Each year during June, July, and August, the Library's Summer Reading Program attracts up to 1,200 children and young adults. Planning for this program begins early in the year, and activities associated with it continue into August.
The Summer Reading Program encourages all ages to continue reading throughout the summer months. Special programs and events are held throughout the summer. In August, a party is held for all children who successfully complete the program.
ALA Literacy Brochure
Book Nook Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Demystifying Adult Literacy for Volunteer Tutors - Volunteer Literacy Tutors
National Assessments of Adult Literacy Website
Scholastic - All About Reading Booklists
Verizon Literacy Campus
Would you like help with ESL (English as a Second Language) as a student or tutor? Check these sites for grammar, tense, and verbs or vocabulary help:
Learn English as a Second Language
ESL Cafe's Hints of the Day