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Since 1988, the Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition has provided: support for literacy services, a coordinated network of organizations and agencies serving adults and youth with literacy needs, funding for literacy events and community awareness campaigns for literacy.

With this blog, we can now provide an opportunity for anyone engaged or interested in the cause of literacy to network, share ideas, comment on national and local issues and read about local scheduled events.

Your comments are welcomed. 

Susan Jakaitis,

Manager, LifeLong Learning Center, Vigo County Public Library

WVLC Treasurer & Events Coordinator

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It’s a fine Saturday morning in Terre Haute! Perfect day for our literacy-focused events during Family Learning Day Downtown.

Here are some comments on the Multicultural Story Time and “Put Your Nose in  Book” literacy campaign.

"Walter and Louise Sommers English Language Tutor Award" recipient

The “Walter and Louise Sommers English Language tutor Award”, was initiated by the Sommers’ children and great-grand children to honor Walter and Louise’s dedication to VCPL’s ESL Program. Pictured (L-R) are Susan Jakaitis, manager of VCPL’s LifeLong Learning Center and Char Minnette, recipient of the 2010 award.

Edward N. Howrd Literacy Award Winners

Partners Advancing Literacy Skills (PALS)was the 2010 recipient of the Edward N. Howard Literacy award for supporting the goals of the WVLC. B.J. Howard presented the award at the “Dessert and a Good Book” event. This annual award was initiated in 1991.

Dessert and a Good Book

Coordinated by Vigo CountyPublic Library’s LifeLong Learning Center, the WVLC’s annual volunteer recognition event, “Dessert and a Good Book” offers a dessert buffet and a free book for all attendees. The 2010 event was hosted by WVLC, the VCPL, and Altrusa International of Terre Haute.


"More: Health Literacy Matters"



The March 31, 2010 Literacy Networking Breakfast “More Health Literacy Matters” included panelists (L to R) Dr. Sue Gossee, Dr. Kathleen Stienstra, Dr. Rao Ivaturi, and Rayetta Minton who are experts in the fields of health, nutrition, fitness, and wellness.


ISU Nursing students attend Literacy Networking Breakfast

 Dr. Sue Gossee’s nursing students from ISU learned about health literacy issues at the Coalition’s timely event which addressed literacy’s role in wellness.

Healthy Breakfast Buffet

A light and healthy continental breakfast was served.

ISU Sycamore Reader coaches Kendall and Khrista are the readers for Multicultural Storytime

Kendall and Khrista don noses before reading to children at the  Multicultural Storytime during Family Learning Day Downtown.

Grandma and granddaughter enjoy reading together in LLC and receive a sponge nose.

Families enjoyed the “Put Your Nose is a Book ” event by reading together and receiving free sponge noses.

Young girl is excited about hearing the story about "Mama Cat"

Another family  smiles at the dramatic reading of the story about Mama Cat  in LLC during the “Put your Nose in a Book” event.

I hope everyone enjoyed the panel of experts who presented information on health literacy at the Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition’s  Literacy Networking Breakfast. The evaluations of the event were extremely positive and when there are 90 people gathered at 7:30 in the morning, you know the topic is timely. 

Here are some photos of the “Health Literacy Matters” event:

The Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition invites you to attend a FREE, community-wide Literacy Networking Breakfast with light, healthy continental fare, panel presentations and discussion of how wellness and health literacy includes everyone.

“Health Literacy Matters”
Thursday, October 29, 2009,
 7:30 – 9:30 AM,
at the Vigo County Public Library

Registration is required by the October 23rd deadline. Call (812) 232-1113, ext. 284
or email sjakaitis@vigo.lib.in.us.

The panel of experts will include:
Kathleen Stienstra, M.D., The Maple Center, Maternal Health, Integrative Health Care and Educational Programming
Roxanne Ling, R.Ph., Pharmacy Manager, AP & S Clinic
Dr. Ajay Joshi, D.D.S., Dentist, Kool Smiles General Dentistry for Kids
Susan Sharifi, M.D., Neurologist, AP&S Clinic
Laura Mitchell, M.L.S., Reference Librarian, Vigo County Public Library

The Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition will host two events, coordinated by LLC, during Family Learning Day Downtown

Guest Readers Kendall Rhodes and Khrista Beliles will share with the kids

9:00 – 9:45 AM, Multicultural story time with guest readers Kendall Rhodes and Khrista Beliles and 35 free books, courtesy of Altrusa International of Terre Haute.

10:30 – 11:30 AM, the annual “Put Your Nose in a Book” literacy awareness campaign, rewarding all those who stop to read as a family activity with a free red sponge nose.

Three generations enjoy putting their noses in a book

Young Blogger practices blogging

Participants will comment on WVLC’s blog during this event. Come back to read what they said!

We’re looking forward to another wonderful day, which will include fun booths, activities and free books at the Vigo County Public Library!

LeRaye Cameron

LifeLong Learning Center Staff