June 8, 2017
Tutor Learner Recognition Event June 8, 2017

Dear  ,

Thank you for making a world of difference!  We are very grateful to you! 

The Literacy Connection Staff

Please Note - Certificate Determination Process

The hours you report to the office are used to determine which learners and tutors receive recognition certificates during the end-of-year celebration. The hours are tracked from July through June (10 hours are added to everyone to compensate for May and June hours that have not been reported yet). 

Please keep in mind that the later in the fiscal year you start working with a learner the more likely you will not meet the initial recognition point of 50 hours. Some tutors have more than one learner so they are more likely to reach a recognition point faster than a tutor with only one learner.

If you feel that you should have received a certificate this year, attended the recognition celebration and your name was not in the program, please email  Marsha or call 847-742-6565. You can then share what you have in your records with her so that any discrepancies can be identified. She will be happy to provide you with certificates that are due you and your learner(s).

There are several options to submit your volunteer hours: 

* On our website using the tutor hours report form
* By email to Marsha 
(please click on her name - do not hit reply 
   to this message your email will not go directly to Marsha.)
* By phone at 847-742-6565
* At our office located on the second floor of the Gail Borden
Public Library
* By fax at 847-742-6599

If you experience a problem using the form on our website, please contact our office.

We appreciate your service as a Volunteer Tutor for The Literacy Connection. We would not be able to do what we do without the help of people like you!

Scoring and Testing of all learners continues!
Tutor In-service being planned for August 30, 2017
Learn about your learner's test scores!  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. More information will be provided in the next tutor communication. Jody and Yadira are continuing to score all the completed tests at this time. 

We have almost 200 learners that need to be tested, scored and those scores entered into our database, please be understanding that it would be impossible for Jody to meet one-on-one with our tutors to review each learners' test.
A few comments from our learners in regards to their tutors, in their own words;

 "My tutor is very special because he is committed and dedicated in helping me. He has even helped me study Math and Social studies since I am studying for my GED. Thank you for your Commitment." 

"My tutor has been a great help. I am grateful for my tutor because he has helped me understand a lot of things I didn't know. I am thankful for his patience and support."

"My tutor is special for me because she took her time to teach me to learn English and have the patience to explain me over and over when I do not understand the words. Many thanks Rose for your teaching and for being part of my life."

A few comments from our tutors in regards to their learner(s);

"Rafael's speaking has improved. He can form sentences correctly. Now Rafael is working in an all English speaking employment."

"She's Learning how to rise to challenges! Exciting, overwhelming, scary!"

"Can work a little with computer. Uses it to listen to music. Can do his own bills, read road signs, read stories. My student is more confident in himself."  
All three locations of the Gail Borden Public Library will be closed on Monday, JUNE 26.

Second Ci ti zenship Conversation Group Starts June 12th
2 nd & 4th Mondays of the month
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library

Do you need to practice English for your naturalization/citizenship test? Come to this fr
ee group to review and practice the spoken English you will need for the interview and the 100 questions from the history/civics test. This group will be led by a tutor and is open to all.  No registration. 
Meeting in the Grove Room on the 2nd floor of the main library.
Tuesday, June 13th Gail Borden  Main Library-West Lawn  Noon - 1:30 pm 
Bring a lunch - beverage and dessert will be provided by the library. At 12:30 pm - sing, clap, dance and sneeze along with award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. In case of inclement weather, tickets will be handed out by the concierge in the lobby starting at 11:30 am on the day of the performance.
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.

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.
Kane County Walking Challenge
Kane County is sponsoring a walking challenge from June 1 - July 12. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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 feel free to email Jody or Yadira.

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