August 17, 2001


Over 35 Literacy Agencies to Attend FAMILY LITERACY FAIR

at the Main Library on Saturday, September 22 � 1:30-4:30 p.m.


September is National Literacy Month, a time to focus our attention on the fundamental role of literacy in all areas of our lives. In recognition of this important theme, the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will host the 2nd annual Family Literacy Fair on Saturday, September 22 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Main Library, 800 Vine Street.


Whether seeking help with learning initial reading or language skills, improving current reading or language skills, or exploring educational opportunities as a returning student, the Family Literacy Fair is an opportunity for individuals and families alike to find out about free literacy help in the area including:

        literacy services and local programs for adults and children;

        Dyslexia classes for children and adults;

        opportunities for those who want to be a literacy tutor or volunteer;

        and GED preparation classes (with information about the new GED test beginning in January of� 2002).


Information on English-as-a-Second-Language classes will also be available through agencies such as the Grace Center for English Language and Literacy, Greater Cincinnati ESL Consortium, and International Family Resource Center. Attendees can also learn more about the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, a way for Ohio families to prepay their child�s future college education at today�s rates.���������������������� -more-

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Of the 35 plus literacy service agencies attending many provide guidance and information for GED graduates and returning adult students on educational and vocational opportunities. Some of these include: Chatfield College, Cincinnati State, College Information Center, College of Mt. St. Joseph, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, Northern Kentucky University, Raymond Walters College, The Union Institute, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.


Other agencies participating in the Family Literacy Fair include: The Children�s Home of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools ABLE Program, Cincinnati Reads/Ohio Reads, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, The Children�s Home, Children�s Learning Center at the Main Library, Cincinnati Job Corps Center,� Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency Head Start, Clermont County Public Library, Early Childhood Division of Cincinnati Public Schools, Education & Religion Department at the Main Library, Every Child Succeeds, Friendship Reading Center, Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, Literature & Languages Department at the Main Library, Septima Clark Center for Urban Literacy, State Library of Ohio, Terrace Guild, United Way, Urban Appalachian Council, WCET Education & Technology, YWCA LEARN, and The Women�s Connection.


For additional information, call the Literacy Coordinator at the Main Library at 513-369-4570.


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