One-on-One Tutoring for Adults

& The goal of this program is to help adults improve their literacy skills.

& One-on-One Tutoring for Adults provides the additional help adults may require in order to achieve their educational goals. 

& Tutors and materials are provided at no cost for adults who are

& learning to read,

& earning a High School Equivalency Diploma, or

& learning English as a second language (ESL).  

& KLS works in cooperation with Warsaw Adult Education, located at the Gateway Education Center, to provide this service.  

& Off-site tutoring in county libraries may be arranged if a learner has transportation problems.  

Workplace Literacy Classes

& In partnership with area companies, KLS can provide on-site instruction to employees who want to learn English as a second language, as well as workers who want to improve their grammar and writing skills. 

& Tutors can be provided for classes or one-on-one instruction. 

& Businesses are requested to compensate the instructor.

Jail High School Equivalency Diploma Classes

& In partnership the Kosciusko County Jail, Kosciusko County and KLS work together to provide Jail High School Equivalency Diploma Preparation Classes.

& Kosciusko Literacy Services also provides literacy materials and volunteer tutors.

& Funding from the United Way of Kosciusko County and Kosciusko County supports the High School Equivalency Diploma program.

Read to Grow Children's Book Club

& The goal of Read to Grow Children's Book Club is to have children enter kindergarten with the necessary pre-literacy skills and brain development.

& Read to Grow Children's Book Club provides one free book a month to children, from birth to age five, who are living at or below the 150% of the poverty level. 

& Parents are encouraged to read regularly to their child.  Regular reading to children promotes proper brain development during the prime time for learning literacy skills, the first five years of life. 

& KLS works with other agencies to operate this program including:  Parents as Teachers, Head Start, Early Head Start and other United Way Agencies. 

& KLS is also targeting the townships that do not have free access to public libraries.

Reading Won’t Wait

& The goal of Reading Won’t Wait is to provide children’s books in places where parents have time to read to their child.

& Reading Won’t Wait places good, used children’s books in waiting rooms, public laundries, and common areas of housing communities.

& Reading to children has lifelong benefits.

Dr. Seuss Reading Celebration

& To encourage reading for pleasure among Wawasee elementary students, guest readers present each classroom’s library with at least six books and read a favorite story to the children. 

& This program has

& placed thousands of books in school classrooms,

& provided rewards to children who achieved their individual reading goals,

& involved community leaders as readers to reinforce positive self-images to elementary readers. 

Baby’s First Book

& The goal of Baby’s First Book is to emphasize the value of reading to children during the first five years of life. 

& In conjunction with the Warsaw Community Public Library, this program provides an ABC board book along with early childhood literacy information and local library information to families of each child born at Kosciusko Community Hospital. 

Plant the Seed—Read! Community Book Read

& The goals of the community book read are

& to promote a sense of community,

& to illustrate many of the 40 Developmental Assets,

& to promote reading for pleasure,

& to promote a love of literature,

& to increase literacy awareness in the county, and

& to promote life-long learning. 

& Books are placed in bright yellow bins throughout the county, with signs inviting community members to join the community book read, share the book with a friend, and return the book to the bin so that someone else may read it. 

& Readers are encouraged to join scheduled book read activities and discuss the book and the 40 Developmental Assets, as defined by the Search Institute, in formal and informal settings. 

Shown is Mariah Bennett reading with her seven-month-old son Dustin.  Dustin loves his new book!  Mariah enjoys reading and knows the importance of regular reading to Dustin.  Reading to preschoolers is an essential component leading to success in school.

Milford Library Book Discussion Hosted by The Columbian Reading Circle

The Author Dinner 2017

Warsaw Rotary

Warsaw High School

Wawasee High School

Lakeland Christian School

The Esther Pfleiderer Charitable Trust at 1st Source Bank recently awarded Kosciusko Literacy Services $1,000 to purchase books for Read to Grow Children's Book Club and ABC board books for babies born at Kosciusko Community Hospital.  Kosciusko Literacy Services’ Baby’s First Book program encourages early literacy development in the county’s youngest residents.  Reading to a baby or young child helps the child’s brain to develop language and literacy skills.  These skills make learning easier once the child enters school.  The family receives information on early literacy development, tips on reading to children, and library information including an application for the baby’s first library card at the Warsaw Community Public Library.  Baby’s First Book also provides information on Read to Grow Children's Book Club, which provides a new book each month to eligible preschool children in the county. 

Along with other early literacy initiatives, Read to Grow Children's Book Club has shown positive results.  The passing rate of the Third Grade ISTEP Language Arts for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program in Kosciusko County is over 6% higher than that of the state, while the Paid Lunch rate less than 1% higher.  Kosciusko Literacy Services’ Read to Grow Children's Book Club has served Kosciusko County as a United Way partner program since 2006.

The Esther Pfleiderer Charitable Trust was established by Esther Pfleiderer to assist charitable organizations located in Kosciusko County in improving the quality of life in the county.  Born and raised in Warsaw, Pfleiderer taught math for 39 years in the Warsaw school system.  She also was very active in the community serving on the boards of the Salvation Army, Warsaw Community Public Library, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Kosciusko County Historical Society, and the ministries of the First Presbyterian Church.  In 1982, she was recognized as Warsaw’s Woman of the Year.  Grant applications are available from 1st Source Bank Personal Asset Management Group offices at 325 South Lake Street in Warsaw.  The next deadline for applications for grants is September 30, 2017.  For more information, contact 1st Source Bank at 574-268-1207. 

Warsaw Rotary Club

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The Warren Street Dollar General Manager Pheba McNees takes a moment to congratulate Kosciusko Literacy Services Executive Director Cindy Cates on the recent grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  The grant will support Kosciusko Literacy Services’ One-on-One Tutoring for Adults and Jail High School Equivalency Diploma Programs.