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Literacy Coalition News
January/February 2018


Betts Branch Library Re-opens!

Betts Branch Library, initially known as the Valley Branch Library, opened in 1927 then moved to several locations until the current building was built. That new building at 4862 S. Salina Street was dedicated by then Mayor William F. Walsh on Oct. 28, 1963.

It was quite fitting that a framed photograph of that dedication ceremony was presented to his grandson, Mayor Ben Walsh, during the recent Open House celebration for the newly-renovated Betts Branch Library. Joining Mayor Walsh in the above photo is (l-r) County Legislator Linda Ervin; County Legislature Chairman, Ryan McMahon; and County Executive Joanie Mahoney, all passionate supporters of the Onondaga County Public Libraries that "help prepare our community for a bright future by creating opportunities, empowering people and inspiring ideas."

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Partners in Learning Welcomes New Executive Director

Dr. Erica Vernold Miller joined the team at Partners in Learning, Inc. last June as Co-Executive Director. She has been learning and integrating for six months and has now officially assumed the role of Executive Director. Erica has many years of experience and passion for early childhood education, intergenerational learning and career advancement for practitioners.

Dr Erica Miller
Dr. Erica Miller

Recognized nationally and internationally, Erica has presented her work in a variety of academic publications and conferences. Her research and advocacy focuses on teacher resiliency, intellectual downplaying behavior, nontraditional family structures, multicultural literacy, child development, and inclusive educational practices.

And, what about our dear friend and colleague Theresa Pagano? Theresa is a Partners in Learning, Inc. Board member and continues to provide job coaching through the Partners in Learning Vocational Employment Skills for English Learners-VESEL program at the West Side Learning Center. She also volunteers at the MANOS program.

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AER Develops New Awareness Campaign

The Adult Education Roundtable (AER) is a collaborative group of local Adult Literacy/Adult Education providers and supporters that meet monthly. Members include LiteracyCNY; North Side Learning Center; OCM BOCES; Onondaga Community College; Onondaga County Public Library; ProLiteracy; SUNY Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center; Syracuse City School District Adult Education; Syracuse University College; The Newland Center; and others.

The idea for the campaign was sparked by Syracuse Rotarian, Dan Morrow, who as Chairman of their Literacy Committee has kept adult literacy a focus of the club. The Rotary Club of Syracuse itself—one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in the world—has used the slogans: "Committed to Literacy" and "Syracuse: the Literacy Capital of the World."

In addition, the Central New York Community Foundation has agreed to match Rotary's support and joined forces with us to develop this collective awareness campaign. Prior grant investments by the Community Foundation have also enabled the AER to develop a referral website – CNYLearns.org and supports efforts to collect and analyze data on a community-wide basis. Stay tuned for more updates.

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