The Grinnell Community Daycare & Preschool provides a safe, supportive, educational environment for the healthy development of each child. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will serve directly with students in Grinnell Area Summer Camp as part of the Grinnell Education Partnership network. Members will help participating organizations create and deliver additional literacy enrichment opportunities in accordance with local education priorities.
The Griswold Public Library provides citizens with knowledgeable staff and a collection of information in a variety of formats. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will assist with the library’s Summer Reading Program, serving community members and patrons of all ages with a strong emphasis on PK-8th grade students.
The Hiawatha Public Library provides provide the members of its community with access to information, which can improve their minds, broaden their lives, and fulfill their cultural, civic, intellectual, educational, and recreational needs. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will be an integral part of the summer reading program –A Universe of Stories.
The Hudson Public Library serves as an information, resource, and leisure center for the Community of Hudson. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will organize literacy activities for the library’s after-school youth and Summer Library Program participants.
The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of ideas and with each other, and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will focus on expanding and improving the delivery of all aspects of the Summer Reading Program to area summer school locations and community summer programs.
The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides books and other materials in alternative formats to Iowa residents who are unable to read standard print materials. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will provide outreach services to eligible youth and adult patrons by presenting accessible programs and materials to libraries around Iowa. They will also be tasked with developing a Teen Advisory Board to help plan and implement future library programs and events for youth patrons.
The Jane Boyd Community House enhances the academic, emotional and social well-being of children and families in our diverse community with programs focused on developing successful and productive adults. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will serve as a tutor and implement their summer literacy program for each grade level in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Summer Dare program.
Lutheran Services in Iowa‘s Refugee Connection Center Child Care Business Development program supports registered childcare providers in growing children’s pre-literacy skills through modeling age appropriate educational opportunities. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will register participants in the project, conduct in-home literacy visits with providers, develop additional literacy programming at the LSI Farmers’ Market or other refugee events, and support and train volunteers and bilingual staff participating in these efforts.
The Marion Public Library enhances lives through radical hospitality, service curation, and shared joy in the Marion community. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will increase the library’s outreach, programming, and service capability over the busy summer months by attending community events and reaching children who may not be able to attend regular summer library programs.
The Marshalltown Public Library provides residents of Marshalltown and Marshall County with materials and services that meet their needs for recreation, information, education, and cultural awareness. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will serve both the Marshalltown and Albion Public Library, focusing on all aspects of the summer reading programs.
Operation Threshold’s Cedar Valley Readers Campaign is a local collaborative effort to help more young children to read well by the end of third grade. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will develop the Cedar Valley Readers Campaign for Grade-Level Reading coalition.
Unity Point Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center is dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities they serve. The Summer Reading Corps AmeriCorps member will serve directly with students in Grinnell-Area local summer youth programs as part of the Grinnell Education Partnership network. Members will help participating organizations create and deliver additional literacy enrichment opportunities in accordance with local education priorities.
We would also like to thank Grinnell College, who has been a strong partner for the Summer Reading Corps program. Grinnell College has convened Campus Compact Summer Reading Corps partners to support the Grinnell Education Partnership network. Grinnell College has directly supported the partnership among Campus Compact, Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool, Drake Community Library, Faulconer Gallery, and Unity Point Health- Grinnell Regional Medical Center.