September 14, 2017

Dear  ,
"Our nation will succeed or fail to the degree that all of us -- citizens and businesses alike -- are active participants in building strong, sustainable and enriching communities." ~ Arnold Hiatt, President, The Stride Rite Foundation 
Thank you for helping to enrich our community!

The Literacy Connection Staff

APC Conference Attendees
If you attended the conference last weekend, please remember to send us a copy of your workshop certificate(s) and report your hours for attending.  Thank you!
Don't forget to use this resource! 

Need the password? Contact Yadira or Jody.  
The Fall 2017 issue of Notebook: Resources for the Adult Educator
now available here.
A New Website for English Language Learning in the Elgin Area

The Literacy Connection, in partnership with other Elgin area community organizations, has created a user friendly website that provides help for our learners with: 

* Information on free classes, tutoring and conversation groups.
* Recommended websites with grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, citizenship, reading and writing lessons and activities.
* News on class registration and program dates.

Please plan a lesson for your learner on how to access and navigate this extremely beneficial website.
Flyers are available in our office in English and Spanish.
Upcoming Events

The fall Volunteer Palooza will be held at the Gail Borden Public Library on Saturday, September 30 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (table set-up starts at 10:30).   Two volunteers are needed to represent The Literacy Connection to greet people and pass out literature.  If you are available to help please contact Marsha.
Two Spanish-speaking volunteers are needed to represent The Literacy Connection at the Hispanic Business Expo ( Hablamos Español Expo).  The expo will be at the Centre of Elgin's Heritage Ballroom on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  The office will provide the handouts, etc. that will be displayed on our table.  If you are available to help us that day, please contact Marsha.
2017 Northern Region Adult Education Conference
Innovation, Cooperation, Achievement: WIOA
Friday, December 8, 2017
The Westin Chicago Northwest 
Itasca, Illinois        
Registration materials are available online at www.thecenterweb.org/alrc
Click on  2017 Conference Registration .  A list of sessions will be available in November.


Monday, September 11 - Sunday, September 17

100% of the overdue fines* that are paid at the Main Library, Rakow Branch or South Elgin Branch will be donated to the Texas Library Association to help rebuild Texas libraries.   *This excludes fees for lost items.
Main Library 270 N Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120

Preview Night
$10 fee
Thursday, September 14 6 -9 pm
  Friday, September 15 9 am - 6 pm
  Saturday, September 16 9 am - 6 pm
  Sunday, September 17 Noon - 5 pm

Thousands of used books, DVDs & CDs for all ages sorted by topic.
Most items $1-$2!

Please share with your learners who have high school students September 2017: Did you know that college/university applications are available as early as September 1st for students who are just entering their senior year of high school?

Students who apply early in their senior year may have a better chance of being accepted for admission, and for receiving financial aid awards. Help is available at GBPL by contacting Melissa Lane at mlane@gailborden.info or by setting an appointment at 847-289-5837. All services are free to library customers.

Gail Borden Public Library wants you to have shorter hold times for the eBooks you want and receive response to requests more quickly. That is why they are focusing their resources on Cloud Library and Hoopla.

The Library will no longer offer Overdrive/My Media Mall to their customers beginning October 1.

Read more about it on the Library website.
It'll be here before we know it!
Christmas Assistance is for families in need of a Christmas Food Bo and Toys for Christmas.

Would you help spread the word about our need for tutors?
Adults Remain On Our Wait List
There are 75  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.
Testing dates have been scheduled and more learners will be 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.

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