May 11, 2017

Dear  ,

Greetings!  We had a great Trivia Bee on April 29th!  We had 21 teams participate and 40 raffle baskets were claimed.  Kiwanis of Elgin was our 1st place team for the second year in a row.

Thank you for being a volunteer with us!
The Literacy Connection Staff

Tutor Tip  Happy Mother's Day

Attached are 2 documents that explain how we celebrate Mother's Day in the United States.  After working on these activities, ask your learner about if, when and how Mother's Day is celebrated in their country of origin.  

Shirley Appler from Elgin High School 
Nominated for Student Support Personnel of the Year

How well can you read braille? Shirley Appler can, and it's one of the many skills she brings to her classroom every day.

Appler is a vision paraeducator at Elgin High School. She has been working with several blind students and assisting them with adapting curriculum and learning life skills over the years.

"We want to get them out there, making friends, doing social activates, and other things that will help them succeed and look good on their college resumes," she said. "It's just such a proud moment to see the smile on their faces when they accomplish something they never thought they could do." 
Important: Gmail Scam 

Here is important information we want to share that was provided by the library IT department.  

"A legitimate-looking Google doc is  quickly making its way into e-mail boxes around the country. But don't click on it. It's a phishing scam.

It's not quite clear what the phishing accomplishes. There is, however, an explanation of how it works on   Reddit.  According to the Reddit post, if you clicked "Allow," you've been hit by the scam.
"If you didn't click the link, closed the tab first, or pressed deny, you're okay. The app may have removed itself from your account, and may have deleted the sent emails," says the Reddit post."


"According to the Reddit post: "All emails have been accessed, and the spam forwarded to all of your contacts. This means they could have all been extracted for reading later. Additionally, password reset emails could be sent for other services using the email address."
"This   may   be the payload, so it may just self-replicate, and not do anything nastier. This is not at all confirmed, however, so assume the worst until an official Google statement."

There are no hard, fast rules for identifying SPAM or malicious messages, but - using an example from yesterday - here are a few things you can watch for:
  1. Sender:  Please look at the sender information, to make certain it is legitimate.  For example, just don't look at the senders name, also look at the mail domain - the information after the "@" symbol.  If it does not look right, it probably is not a legitimate message.  You can also hover your mouse over the field to see if it matches the text.
  2. To:  This was the tip-off in this particular message, since the sender was the same in all instances.  Make certain it is your information in this field.
  3. Message Content:  Look carefully in the message content for misspelled words, strange characters or other things that look out of place.  This can also include information about the company (address, phone number, etc.) that are clearly incorrect.
  4. Links:  Links can be the most difficult (and dangerous) within a message, but can often revel a false link.  If you hover your mouse over the link, it will display the full URL.  Often this can prevent you from clicking, if it clearly is not the destination it is indicating in the text.  For instance, the link may say, "Cute Puppies - Click Here" and when you hover over it, the URL is "demons.com".  
USCIS Webinar

May 24, 2017 USCIS will share resources that support agencies' efforts to promote citizenship. Topics to be addressed include an overview of the Naturalization process and avoiding immigration fraud. 
Date:  Wednesday, May 24, 2017  Time:  12:00 - 1:30 pm 
The event is free but registration is required.  Registration information is below.

Dear Stakeholder,

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites federal, state, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders to participate in a quarterly intergovernmental affairs (IGA) engagement on Wednesday, May 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Learn about USCIS resources available to support and enhance your efforts to promote citizenship. Approximately 8.8 million lawful permanent residents are currently eligible to apply for citizenship, and our IGA partners play a key role in citizenship education and preparation.
 During the webinar, subject matter experts will provide an overview of the naturalization process and discuss how to assist aspiring citizens and how to avoid immigration fraud.
 To register, please follow these steps:
  • Visit our registration page
  • Enter your email address and select "Submit"
  • Select "Subscriber Preferences"
  • Select the "Event Registration" tab
  • Provide your full name and organization, if any
  • Complete the questions and select "Submit"
If you would like to submit non-case specific questions before the engagement:
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, or if you have not received a confirmation email within two business days, please email us at the same address. 

Becoming a U.S. Citizen: Informative Program and Resource Fair
Tuesday, May 30th 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Gail Borden Main Library 
Meadows Community Room B & C 

Get information about eligibilty requirements, overcoming barriers to eligibility, the application and financing.  Learn about local resources that provide legal and immigration assistance, English-Language learning, civics and naturalization test resources.  Experts will be available to answer questions.  In partnership with Centro de Informaci√≥ n and AAUW.  

Would you help spread the word about our need for tutors?
Adults Remain On Our Wait List
There are 96   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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