July 13, 2017

Dear  ,

To Be a Volunteer
To be a volunteer, it takes...
Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and feel what they must feel
Compassion, to truly care about making someone else's life better
Patience, because the process doesn't always go as smoothly as it might
Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through
~author unknown~

You've shown these qualities and so much more, so thank you for all that you do. 
The Literacy Connection Staff

Don't forget to use this resource! 

Need the password? Contact Yadira or Jody.  
Big T hanks!
This is a personal thank you to all of you that promptly sent your June and any outstanding tutoring hours to the office.  I received them in time for their inclusion in the Secretary of State end-of-year report.  As you know it is important that we accurately reflect the work accomplished by staff and all of our volunteers and this could not be done without your support.  For those of you that received a special request from me, consider this a double-dose of thanks for your prompt response. Marsha 
Tutor In-service being planned for August 30, 2017
Learn about your learner's test score!  We have scheduled Wednesday , August 30, 2017 for an in-service where you will be able to review your learner's actual test. There will be a morning and an evening session.  Each session will be approximately an hour to an hour and a half. 

The morning session is at 9:30 a.m. and the evening session is at 6:30 p.m. Please call our office or send an email and let us know if you plan to attend and which session you prefer.  You MUST register in advance for this in-service so we can have your learners test available for your review. 

Reading is Gigantic! Summer Reading Challenge 

Gail Borden Public Library Read all Summer and Earn Prizes!
Bring your reading log to the Main, Rakow or South Elgin Library between July 1 and August 7 to claim your prizes:
* Choice of a paperback book or a mini-bundle of comic books (while supplies last).
* Pass to swim free one time at Wing Park Pool or Lords Park Pool between August 1 and 14.
* Ticket to attend A Night at the Library Event.
* Spin the prize wheel to get a coupon from a local business or a dinosaur-themed prize.

The Summer Reading final event, Night at the Library, is August 3rd and 10th.   The library will be closing early at 5:00 p.m . on both those Thursdays. 
Reading by Design - 2017 Summer Reading  Challenge 
Designed for children, teens, and adults

The goal is to read EVERY DAY - any reading counts - books, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, e-books, audiobooks, even websites.

Once you register - in person - at the Dundee Library or the Randall Oaks Library, you will receive your reading log and a bookmark. 

There is a prize for each week that you read every day; just bring in your log at the end of every week to get your prize. If you can't come into the library that week, you can get your prize the next time you come.  When you complete the final week, bring your reading log into the library to receive your book.
Go Bilingual has ended for the summer.  The program's fall start date is Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 

Would you help spread the word about our need for tutors?
Adults Remain On Our Wait List
There are 98  potential learners currently on our waiting list. These learners need to be tested before they can enter the program, and are not ready to be matched. We have a different group of learners who are tested and ready to be matched.
Matching these learners is our priority as they have been waiting the longest for a tutor. We do everything we can to match our tutors and learners as fast as possible. We must find a pair that has the same availability, and this often slows down the process.  
If you are currently waiting for a learner, we are working on setting up a match meeting as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. 

If you have specific questions please contact Jody.

August 2017 training dates are here!  Please share with your friends and family who might be interested in becoming a volunteer tutor!
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