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Literacy Coalition News
March/April 2019

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Celebrate Onondaga County libraries for opening ‘a world of possibilities’

To the Editor (Posted Apr 9, 2019):

As we celebrate National Library Week 2019, it is important to reflect on the ever-expanding role our libraries play in the Central New York community. Onondaga County Public Libraries continue to provide access to thousands of books for residents in every corner of the county, but our 21st century libraries offer so much more! A free card for OCPL libraries opens up a world of possibilities to residents young and old.

Adults use computers at the downtown Onondaga County Public Library on South Salina Street. (Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com)

Our libraries are an integral part of the community, helping to promote education, bridge the digital divide and strengthen community connections. Staff at our libraries are knowledgeable, friendly and eager assist you! So please, visit and support your local library during National Library Week and all year long. 

Janet Park, Executive Director, Onondaga County Public Libraries
Edward Kochian, President, OCPL Board of Trustees

Read their full letter to the editor »

Also watch Amanda Schiavulli, OCPL Member Services Coordinator during her recent appearance on ‘Bridge Street’ about their initiatives that promote reading of any kind, which is especially important for children. Learn more »

ALL WRITE! Adult Literacy Program returns to Syracuse

We had such a fabulous "return performance" of the ALL WRITE! Adult Literacy Program by Symphony Space with over 100 of our adult learners participating. Huge thanks to Amy Thorna, Dir. of Adult Education at the Onondaga County Public Library for organizing; the Central New York Community Foundation for their support; and the Red House Arts Center, Inc. for hosting.

Actors and staff of the Symphony Space ALL WRITE! Program performing stories by local adult learners, from community-based literacy groups, at the Redhouse Arts Center.

Last fall, students from The Syracuse City School District's Adult Education and Refugee Assistance Program; OCM BOCES - Adult Education; and Syracuse SUNY Educational Opportunity Center, listened to poetry and stories read by professional actors from NYC. Those students then wrote and submitted their own pieces which were read by those returning actors. ALL WRITE! uses the power of the spoken word to encourage a love of literature and learning. It was truly a deeply moving, joyous and empowering event! Learn more »

Imagination Library expands in Oswego County!

Children living in the City of Fulton may receive upwards of 60 free books by the time they reach age five, thanks to the expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

L-R: Heather Witter, FCSD Director of Literacy and UPK; FCSD Superintendent Brian Pulvino; and Mike Egan, literacy coalition president and former FCSD superintendent.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expansion into the greater Fulton community comes at the heels of the recent Hannibal Central School District introduction, to which both the Sandy Creek Central School District and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District followed. Together, with the help this free program, local families can help eliminate the reasons parents do not read to their child. Once enrolled, children will have a free, age-appropriate book shipped to their home monthly until the age out at five years old.  Learn more »

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