Drake Adult Literacy director Anne Murr with author and former Drake Adult Literacy Center student Steven Pritchard at a literacy center event.
The United Nations has proclaimed Sept. 8 to be International Literacy Day. Greater Des Moines will recognize the importance of literacy at the Celebrate Community Literacy! event, jointly sponsored by the Des Moines Public Library and the Drake University Adult Literacy Center. Celebrate Community Literacy at International Literacy Day, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. at the Des Moines Central Library – 1000 Grand Avenue – Meeting Rooms 1 & 2.
Literacy is key to our community’s strength and vitality.
Hear how our community is taking action to improve literacy for all. Individuals and organizations who support literacy ar.e encouraged to attend, including Workforce, Education, Families, Health, Financial, Corrections, Social Programs, Faith Community, English Language Learners. so please plan on attending and hear firsthand how our community is taking action to improve literacy for all.
The Literacy Across the Lifetime Panel will be moderated by Steven Pritchard, author of Misunderstood Minds and Lovers of the Flood. Panel members include:
Community Development – Polk County Supervisors – Angela Connolly
Workforce – Iowa Workforce Development – Elizabeth Buck
Employers – Dollar General – Mike Hutchinson
6 months to 5 – Reach Out and Read – Molly Olinger Topf
Birth to 5 – Drake University Head Start – Georgia Sheriff
School Programs – Everybody Wins! Iowa – Tyler Weig
Adult programs – Des Moines Public Library – Laura Walth
Adult Literacy – New Readers of Iowa – Archie Willard, recipient of the 2010 National Coalition for Literacy Leadership Award
Adult Literacy – Drake University Adult Literacy Center – Anne Murr