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Literacy volunteers needed to teach adult students Beyond little libraries
Niagara Gazette: 3.23.2017 by Michele DeLuca

When Susan Shaft pitched her idea for a little library in Niagara Falls during a Pints for Progress meeting, she didn’t win the pot of money which was collected at the door that night to support the best idea presented.

She did however, get a phone call from a women representing a group of philanthropic employees the Seneca Niagara Casino, who raised $500 or so to help purchase a little house-shaped box to contain the micro lending library on Main Street in Niagara Falls.

Once the little library was installed, Shaft, the Niagara County director of programming for Literacy New York/Buffalo-Niagara, was able to turn her attention back to the real work of her literacy group — teaching adults to read and write.

Her organization, funded by a grant from New York state, is headquartered Buffalo and has locations in Niagara Falls and Lockport.

“We have basically two different types of students — students who read or write at 5th grade level or lower,” she said, “or foreign students who want to read or write.”  READ MORE @


“This is something they’ve tried to hide for years,” Matthews said. “To sit here and be vulnerable with another adult — that’s asking a lot.”  READ MORE @

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