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Upcoming Events

FEB 28

Explore the Library In-Service

Due to its popularity, the Explore the Library In-Service will return for a second offering as new materials arrive at the Literacy Center. This in-service will highlight the variety of new materials available, as well as the ways that they can be used in your tutoring sessions. As a group, we will engage with the new materials and brainstorm ways to apply these resources to our learner’s goals. At the end of the in-service, you will have an opportunity to pick out materials to implement in your weekly lessons.

 Explore the Library will take place Tuesday, February 28th from 4pm-6pm at the Literacy Center of West Michigan, 1120 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

To register, please contact Katherine Payne at kpayne@literacycenterwm.org or 616-459-5151 ext. 71 by Monday, February 27th.

MAY 11

Spellebration 2017

The Literacy Center of West Michigan’s signature event, Spellebration, will be held on May 11, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Masonic Center. Now in its 24th year, the evening event draws more than 350 guests to celebrate the community’s efforts to bring about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of literacy.

MAR 01

Volunteer Orientation

Learn more about tutoring an adult learner in our community as they improve their reading, writing, and English language skills.

Ahmed: Being As Prepared As Possible

Katherine Payne, a Literacy Coordinator with the Adult Tutoring Program, submitted this profile of Ahmed and his tutor, Rachael.

Ahmed has been working with his tutor, Rachael, for more than one year. Ahmed, a Sudanese refugee, is incredibly devoted to improving his English skills. Since working with his tutor, he has also enrolled in English classes through the Literacy Center’s Customized Workplace English program.

Ahmed works for a local manufacturing plant that is in the process of laying off all employees at his plant due to advancement in robotic technologies. With the threat of being laid off constantly in the back of his mind, Ahmed pushes himself to constantly improve his understanding of English so that he has the skills to find his own future employment.

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