Category: Library Stories

Resolve to Make a Difference/”Sam” Springs into Action

Reading is one of the great joys of life for many adults, but it’s something that is beyond the reach of an adult who lacks basic literacy skills.  Working one-on-one with a caring tutor makes a real difference, as it did for “Sam,” an adult learner in our program who had never read a book until last year. Now he and his tutor enjoy reading action novels together. (Please note: this learner’s name has been changed to respect his privacy.)

Literacy has the power to changes lives. This year, why not resolve to make a difference by becoming a volunteer tutor with One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners? You will find a meaningful volunteer experience that makes a real difference in someone’s life!

Registration is now open for our January training for new volunteers. The training will take place on Saturday, January 19 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Manitowoc Public Library. The training is free and all materials will be provided; registration by January 16 is required to attend. To learn more, contact Jo Ann Dent, One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners, at jadent@manitowoc.org or 920-686-3026. To fill out a volunteer application and register for the January 19 Tutor Training, visit http://www.manitowoclibrary.org/alp/.

Resolve to Make a Difference/Bonding With “Betty” Over Homework

One-to-One Adult Literacy tutors make a real difference when they help adult learners achieve educational goals. Tutors are sometimes paired with adults who are attending LTC Manitowoc, giving these adult learners the added support they need to be successful. One of our tutors works with “Betty,” an English language learner who is working on her GED at LTC while also working on her English skills with her tutor. When Betty’s Civics class homework assignment was to observe and take notes at a Municipal Court hearing, her tutor went with her. Seeing civics in action with her tutor was a great learning experience for “Betty.”

Literacy has the power to changes lives. This year, why not resolve to make a difference by becoming a volunteer tutor with One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners? You will find a meaningful volunteer experience that makes a real difference in someone’s life!

Registration is now open for our January training for new volunteers. The training will take place on Saturday, January 19 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Manitowoc Public Library. The training is free and all materials will be provided; registration by January 16 is required to attend. To learn more, contact Jo Ann Dent, One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners, at jadent@manitowoc.org or 920-686-3026. To fill out a volunteer application and register for the January 19 Tutor Training, visit http://www.manitowoclibrary.org/alp/.

Resolve to Make a Difference/Maria Aims High!

Meet Maria and her tutor, Linda. When Maria enrolled in One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners in 2015, she did not feel comfortable speaking to others in English. She wanted to improve her English speaking skills for work, for talking to her grandchildren, and for passing the U.S. Citizenship test. With the help of her tutor, Linda, Maria achieved all of those goals, and then some. To become a better writer in English, Maria wrote stories, including a story about her favorite color of beige. Congratulations, Maria and Linda, on what you have accomplished together!

Literacy has the power to changes lives. This year, why not resolve to make a difference by becoming a volunteer tutor with One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners? You will find a meaningful volunteer experience that makes a real difference in someone’s life!

Registration is now open for our January training for new volunteers. The training will take place on Saturday, January 19 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Manitowoc Public Library. The training is free and all materials will be provided; registration by January 16 is required to attend.

To learn more, contact Jo Ann Dent, One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners, at jadent@manitowoc.org or 920-686-3026. To fill out a volunteer application and register for the January 19 Tutor Training, visit http://www.manitowoclibrary.org/alp/.

A Two Hour Drive for a Harry Potter Escape Room? No problem!

What could convince twenty-two people to drive two hours from Merrill, WI to Manitowoc? When buzz started to build about MPL’s Harry Potter Escape Room, Kelli Morgan of Merrill, WI saw a social media post about the event and knew her 4-H group HAD to attend. The 4-H families had been thinking about trying to plan an Escape Room in collaboration with their local library–and they are all HUGE Harry Potter fans! Kelli contacted the Youth Department and set up a time for her group to go through the escape room and get some advice from Manty librarians.

The group made a vacation out of the event, stopping in Green Bay and Appleton to explore and enjoy the area. Was it worth the long drive? “Oh my gosh, YES! It was a wonderful, magical experience! The best part was watching the kids get into the creative problem solving and searching through props. Loved the music and lighting–it made for a fun, spooky ambiance.”

Liliann Loves to Read!

After returning to Manitowoc in 2016, Liliann and her mom, Amy, discovered MPL’s Family Activity Nights. After attending the Tuesday events for a few weeks, they soon became regulars. Amy loves that FAN provides not only fun programming, but also the opportunity for Liliann to grow in her love of reading. Thanks in part to the relationships built at the library, Liliann has grown as a reader. Reading with the therapy dogs, for example, has strengthened her skills and confidence. She also loves finding new titles to read with the assistance of Ms. Julia. Liliann is a familiar face in the Children’s Department and stops in as often as possible!

Submitted by Ms. Julia

Myah Makes a Difference!

This summer, our 12 year old, Myah, participated in the youth Summer Reading Program at Manitowoc Public Library. One week, her checklist included “perform a community service.” Myah wanted to check that box off, so she called the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army told Myah the best way she could get involved would be with obtaining 10th-12th Grade school supplies as that was the biggest and most urgent need in the community. They also said that the Salvation Army doesn’t currently have a program to help the high school students to meet that need. When Myah repeated the message to me, honestly, I thought it was a silly and overwhelming way for a 12-year old to get involved, considering there was no program to connect with and branch off of. I almost hoped she’d let it go. But, as Myah and her siblings picked out their own school supplies, they thought about the high schoolers who wouldn’t be able to choose their own. Without a lot to go on, Myah, and the rest of our family decided to post an ad to social media that she would hold a drawing. Anyone who donated at least 3 supplies would be entered to receive a gift card to a local business.

People responded! Myah received just over $100 in cash donations and enough actual supplies to provide supplies for 11+ students at Lincoln! Our church has caught on and will be dropping another load off this next week! And the entire thing came about just because of the “perform a community service” item on her weekly summer reading checklist! Check out the post about her on the Salvation Army Facebook page. #MakingtheMostofSummer

Submitted by Myah’s mother, Tina; photos supplied by Myah’s father, Tomas

Sow & Grow: Gardening with my Granddaughter

 

I have always loved to garden. When our granddaughter was born, I got her started! We purchased the garden cart and have been planting seeds so we can pick our vegs and eat them right from the cart. This year we planted the radishes, carrots and basil in the cart and the beans in the garden. All are doing well and the kids are watching the progress. Submitted by Margie Verhelst

Sow & Grow: A Sprouting Feast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Sow & Grow bean, carrot, lettuce,and radish seedlings are doing great. I planted the lettuce in my hugelkulture garden with good results so far. Is everyone else having success with their Sow & Grow seeds?  Submitted by David Ellison