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See “Faces of Literacy” in Media Borough Gallery

Faces of Literacy at Media Borough HallKaren Repino of Media Borough (left) and Pam Mitchell, DCLC volunteer (right), reveal some of the "Faces of Literacy" on display during June and July in the Gallery of Media Borough Hall.

Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) marked its 40th year of providing free literacy services to local adults with a poignant photography exhibit called "Faces of Literacy" (photographs by Andy Shelter Photography; design by Amy Pollack of Twist 'n' Shout Graphic Design).

The “Faces of Literacy” exhibit features adult students, volunteer tutors, and other individuals and groups who have had a significant impact on the work of the Literacy Council. Headlines and descriptive paragraphs help bring the Literacy Council's important work to life. One photograph titled “Workplace Impact” highlights Dave Bennett, a volunteer firefighter in Crum Lynne, and tells the story of his efforts to earn his GED and land a family-sustaining job. 

Now the exhibit is going on tour throughout Delaware County. During June and July 2016, the exhibit will be on display in the Media Borough Hall Gallery. In January 2017, "Faces of Literacy" will be a Swarthmore Friends of the Arts exhibit in Swarthmore Borough Hall. We'd love for you to visit "Faces of Literacy" when it comes to your neighborhood, and we extend our sincere gratitude to the libraries and groups that have agreed to host the exhibit.

For information about hosting the exhibit at your corporate or community venue, please contact Susan at skeller@delcoliteracy.org or 610-876-4811.

Student Spotlight: Warren Wright
Benefits from an Inquiring Mind

Warren Wright and Jeff Haviland--DCLC Student and Volunteer Tutor

Adult student Warren Wright (at left in photo) "loves to question the 'whys' and 'why nots' of what people assume," says his volunteer tutor Jeff Haviland. This quality was just one of the reasons Jeff nominated Warren for DCLC's Student of the Month award.

Warren also "connects the things we learn to real-world applications," according to Jeff. Warren is such an enthusiastic student that he readily offers to speak to prospective DCLC tutors and DCLC students to let them know all he is getting out of the program. Warren's reading level has increased by several grade levels since he started at DCLC in 2014, and Warren has also made great improvements in math.

Congratulations, Warren, on being named April 2015 Student of the Month!

For more inspirational stories by and about DCLC’s adult students, visit our Student Showcase and our Student of the Month features.

Free GED, ESL, Basic Literacy Services for Adults

Adults interested in GED preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Basic Literacy instruction or tutoring should contact DCLC at 610.876.4811 to learn about the intake process. New students will be enrolled in orientation sessions throughout 2013. Services available include classes, small-group instruction, and one-on-one tutoring at various Delaware County locations. Read more ….

Free Tutor Training Available for New Volunteers

Free training for new volunteers who will tutor in Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered throughout the year. The next ABE Tutor Training will be held Saturdays, September 10 and 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a follow-up session on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The next ESL Tutor Training will be held Saturdays, September 10 and 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a follow-up session on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All trainings are held at the Delaware County Literacy Council, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013. Attendance at all sessions and pre-registration are required.

Call 610-876-4811 to discuss volunteer opportunities and the application process, or read more about how to become a volunteer tutor.

DCLC Building Has Modified Hours

The DCLC building will be closing at Noon on Friday, July 1, 2016, and will be closed Monday, July 4, 2016, in honor of the Indpendencel Day holiday. DCLC will observe Summer Hours by closing at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, June 3 through August 26, 2016.

“One Book ... One Literacy Council” to Discuss Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Join a group of DCLC tutors and other book lovers in reading a work of literature each month to promote reading and to share ideas about the books that are read.

The “One Book...One Literacy Council” group will next meet on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Noon to discuss Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. “One Book...One Literacy Council” meets regularly, usually on the second Monday of each month.

The meeting will take place at DCLC, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013. Feel free to bring your lunch to this informal gathering. All are welcome. No RSVP is required.

Participants also can post their reactions to the book on our blog.

The “One Book...One Literacy Council” group reads books of mutual interest and meets regularly (usually the second Monday of the month) to discuss them. To learn which books have been discussed previously by the group, read our list of past books.