Title

Read Across the County: Campus Literacy Outreach

Location

Benson Center, Williman Room

Start Date

11-8-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

11-8-2014 1:45 PM

Description

This year, Burlington County College became the first college in the nation to partner with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, to distribute 40,000 books to children in need. This is a comprehensive service-learning initiative that includes English students researching eligible communities, identifying qualified recipients, and conducting assessment of the project’s impact. This initiative is a step toward eliminating illiteracy and the obstacles children face when they don’t have books at home. The Burlington County Library System plays an integral part in making this possible. Workshop attendees will receive tools to replicate the project with their community colleges and libraries.

Short bio of the presenter(s)

Erica Franklin has been involved with service-learning for over ten years, with experience as both a participant and a practitioner. For the past three years, she has engaged the Burlington County College community through her roles as the Service-Learning Coordinator and AmeriCorps Director. As a service-learning professional, she implements projects that range a wide span of academic disciplines and address a variety of community needs. She is currently pursuing a degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University.

Michelle Martin is the Coordinator of Library Services at Burlington County College, a diverse community college located in Pemberton, NJ. She has been in this role for several years, managing the staff, facilities, budget and programming of the academic libraries and serves as the liaison between the college library and the county library system. Her mission is making the library accessible and engaging for students, faculty and community partners.

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Aug 11th, 1:00 PM Aug 11th, 1:45 PM

Read Across the County: Campus Literacy Outreach

Benson Center, Williman Room

This year, Burlington County College became the first college in the nation to partner with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, to distribute 40,000 books to children in need. This is a comprehensive service-learning initiative that includes English students researching eligible communities, identifying qualified recipients, and conducting assessment of the project’s impact. This initiative is a step toward eliminating illiteracy and the obstacles children face when they don’t have books at home. The Burlington County Library System plays an integral part in making this possible. Workshop attendees will receive tools to replicate the project with their community colleges and libraries.