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Lake County Literacy Resource Guide


2013 Lake County Literacy Resource Guide

Why a Guide?

A taskforce of staff members from organizations who participated in the first annual Lake County Literacy Summit at the Waukegan Public Library in August 2012 are working together to create a comprehensive guide to Literacy resources and services in Lake County.  The idea of the Summit was to help libraries, schools and literacy programs communicate and cooperate better so that all Lake County residents have access to programs and services that meet their Literacy needs.  

Many organizations provide programming or services to Lake County residents in one or more of the areas of Family Literacy (including Early Literacy), Spanish Literacy or Adult Literacy.  With so many options, it can be hard for someone to know where to go to get the help they need.  The Literacy Resource Guide will contain detailed, up-to-date program information, such as times and locations of the programs as well as levels and eligibility. It will be the go to resource for people in Lake County to find the educational support they need, and it will help volunteers find programs that will maximize their skills and passions.

How can programs and services from my organization be included?

We would like to have your organization’s programs listed in the Guide.  The link to the online Program Information form is available in the sidebar along with printable forms if you prefer. 

Remember to fill out one form for each program.  The Guide is designed to be used by individuals who want to join a program or receive a service.  It highlights the programs and services not the organization.

Please feel free to share this webpage with organizations in your network, so that we can be sure their programs are represented as well.

What kinds of programs and services will be listed in the Guide?

A wide range of programs and services offered by schools, libraries and community organizations will be listed.  A short list of examples follows:

 Family Literacy

  • Children’s Story Time
  • After school programs for kids
  • Resources for parents of school children
  • Parenting Classes
  • Tutoring
  • Educational opportunities for adults where childcare or child education is provided

Spanish Literacy

  • All programs designed to improve Spanish language literacy skills (an effective strategy to prepare learners whose first language is Spanish for English language instruction, especially if they have little formal education)
  • Spanish GED

 Adult Literacy

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE): Basic Skills in reading, writing and math
  • GED: High school equivalency tests
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Computer Training
  • Job Training
  • Information Literacy
  • Citizenship Classes

When and where will the Guide be available?

The Guide will be published on this site in August of 2013 and be available for download.  We hope that it will be a great resource for librarians, educators, social workers and others who help refer Lake County residents to appropriate services.


If you have any questions about the 2013 Lake County Literacy Resource Guide project please contact one of the taskforce members listed below:

Rachel Rezek
rrezek [at] fremontlibrary [dot] org
Adult Services Librarian
Fremont Public Library

Rachel Cope
rcope [at] icirr [dot] org
Uniting America AmeriCorps Fellow
HACES (Hispanic American Community Education and Services)

Josh Anderson
janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info
847-623-2041 x225
Adult Literacy Coordinator
Waukegan Public Library

Hannah Breen
wplintern [at] waukeganpl [dot] info
Literacy Resource Intern
Waukegan Public Library