Carla Zimmerman checks out a selection from the bookshelf in the CazCares Story Room. Zimmerman recently joined forces with the Cazenovia Public Library’s Cindy McCall as a co-coordinator of the library’s literacy programs.
Cazenovia Cazenovia Public Library is pleased to announce that Carla Zimmerman has joined Cindy McCall as co-coordinator of the library’s literacy programs.
Zimmerman has more than 20 years of professional experience in marketing communications. “This is a big change for me,” she said. “In terms of career goals and life style, but once I began working as a volunteer literacy tutor, I became deeply committed to literacy work.”
The Cazenovia Public Library runs two free literacy programs open to the public: the Story Room Early Literacy Program based at CazCares Food Pantry, and Cazenovia Read Ahead Adult Education and GED Program.
The Friends of Cazenovia Public Library have sponsored both literacy programs and have been a huge support to library literacy work.
The story room at CazCares provides a preschool program in an open, drop-in format. Learning concepts are emphasized through play, learning activities, and reading to children. Zimmerman has been a volunteer for the story room for more than a year.
In May, she initiated a CazCares wall mural project, “Painting for Literacy,” with Cazenovia College art students. She was also instrumental this fall in organizing an eight-week dental awareness program for CazCares preschoolers and their families.
Cazenovia Read Ahead provides adult literacy programs at Cazenovia Public Library and two satellite locations, CazCares Food Pantry and the New Woodstock Free Library. Volunteer tutors work with adult learners in three different programs: adult basic education, GED preparation, and ESL (English as a Second Language). Zimmerman has tutored a Cazenovia ESL learner from Burma, and in the past year became trained in assessing new learners, setting up one-on-one tutoring programs adapted to a learner’s needs, and matching learners with library volunteer tutors.
Zimmerman also speaks several languages. As a foreigner who came to the U.S. as a college student, unable to speak English fluently, she understands the difficulties of learning a second language. Cazenovia’s growing population of adult ESL learners will benefit from her expertise in language learning. Zimmerman has also worked as a tutor for Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse and assisted Madison Co. Read Ahead in training tutors during their recent training sessions. She is certified in Adult Literacy test administration and is currently taking a graduate course in Linguistic Analysis at Syracuse University.
Library literacy programs are always in need of volunteers. For more information, please call Cazenovia Public Library at 655-9322.
Tutor training for new literacy volunteers starts this month at Sullivan Free Library in Chittenango. The four-session tutor training is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18, 25, 27, and Nov. 1 at the Sullivan Free Library in Chittenango. For more information or to register for training, contact Morris Atwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 761-2525.
Jean Kent is publicist for the Cazenovia Public Library. She can be reached at 655-9322 or email@example.com.