Our Spring 2017 Newsletter is all about our move to Muskegon Heights and the opening of our Family Literacy Center. Click on the link below to read all about it!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Read Muskegon to relocate to Downtown Muskegon Heights
In partnership with the City of Muskegon Heights Downtown Development Authority, local non-profit organization Read Muskegon will open a Family Literacy Center at 26 East Broadway in the spring of 2017. The center will act as a countywide hub for literacy with a focus on providing programming for low-literacy adults and their 0-5 year-old children.
Read Muskegon will be the first organization to partner with the Downtown Development Authority to invigorate commercial corridors in Muskegon Heights. As Read Muskegon brings its programs and administrative offices to the new site, it also brings its volunteers and partners, allowing them to see firsthand the opportunities that exist in the City.
According to Melissa Moore, President of Read Muskegon, “Opening a literacy center that is accessible to many of our learners with the most critical needs has been at the core of Read Muskegon’s long-term planning. We are excited about all of the opportunities that relocating to the heart of the Muskegon Heights downtown will bring with it.”
The menu of services offered at the Literacy Center will include:
Additionally, Read Muskegon will offer community-based Family Literacy activities and book distribution at the Height’s Farmer’s Market, family movie nights, and other community events.
“The DDA Board has been extremely proactive in assisting the City with our economic development efforts, and will play a key role moving forward as we work to establish viability and diversity in our offerings downtown. We at the City of Muskegon Heights are thrilled to see Read Muskegon making an investment in our downtown, and are confident they will make a great impact in our community,” said City Manager Jake Eckholm.
One in six adults in the United States is functionally illiterate, reading at or below the 4th grade level. In Muskegon County, that translates to more than 21,000 adults. The adverse effects of illiteracy are felt in our economic, education, criminal justice, and health care systems. Read Muskegon is focused on breaking the generational cycle of illiteracy by providing customized programs that meet the unique needs of their learners.
Our next Tutor Training is April 17th and 18th from 6-9pm! There is always dinner provided (usually pizza)! Both nights are required unless you have made special arrangements with Sarah.
It will be located at our office at Central United Methodist Church (1011 2nd St. Muskegon, MI 49440).
If you are interested in joining our awesome team of volunteers, please contact Sarah at 231-766-5040 to sign up for an orientation prior to completing a tutor training.
You MUST sign-up with Sarah and complete an orientation before attending the training!
Hands-on Activities for Ages 0-5
ABC Learning Centers
Chance for Parent and Child to Bond, Learn, and have FUN!
FREE Snacks & Books!
1 PM to 2:30 PM
Samuel Lutheran Church
540 Houston Ave.
Muskegon MI, 49442
Call Sarah at 231-766-5040 with any questions!
In mid-December, we hosted our 2nd Annual Holiday Literacy Village for families involved in Read Muskegon programs, enrolled in local Head Starts or participating in other parent support programs. Parents and children made their way through nine stations, each focused on fun ways to build early literacy skills. Before heading home, each child was able to select several books to keep and each parent was provided with a literacy resource bag. Thank you to all of those who helped make this event possible including our many individual donors. And a big thanks to the Whitehall High School NHS students who got up bright and early on a Saturday morning to volunteer! The gift of literacy is one that will last a lifetime.
We are excited to announce that we will be moving our offices over the next few weeks. We have enjoyed the last several years working out of the Muskegon Area District Library offices on Airline Road and are thankful for their partnership, but our long-term goal has always been to move to downtown Muskegon so that we would be more accessible to our learners.
Our new office will be located in the heart of downtown, at Central United Methodist Church, 1011 2nd Street. The church is also the home of Kid’s Food Basket.
Over the next several weeks, we will still be providing services but our office space will be closed while we paint, move and reorganize. If you need to check out or return resources during that time, please contact Sarah at 766-5040 and she will arrange to meet you. Our phone numbers and mailing address will remain the same.
We’ll have an open house at our new space early in 2016. Hope to see you all there!
The October Family Literacy Dinner at EXIT was all about Halloween! The EXIT participants were able to decorate pumpkins with their families which was the highlight of the night. Special thanks to our friends at the Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Muskegon for providing a delicious dinner and to Todd Greiner Farms of Hart for donating the beautiful pumpkins.