The summer Reading Core Member will be a shared position between the Columbus Community School’s summer school and the Columbus Junction Public Library. Summer school targets 2nd-5th graders who have been assessed as not reading at grade level, and provides a 4-week of half-day support the month of June to focus on literacy activities in hopes of achieving grade-level reading and retention. Math and arts education are also included as supports and foundation for literacy efforts as well. The Columbus Junction Public Library provides summer reading opportunities for ages 0-18, both on-site and within the community at local daycare providers, summer lunch program, and other summer programs to replace daycare for older children. The AmeriCorps member will be responsible for planning and executing programming for these summer literacy programs. Additionally, the AmeriCorps member will be responsible for creation of brochures, social media posts, and guest blog posts for the library in order to promote resources and programs beyond the summer reading program, including revamping and rejuvenating the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The AmeriCorps member will also be planning and executing pop-up libraries within contracting cities throughout the summer, as access to the library during summer with minimal transportation options being available in a rural area impacts access to the library and literacy resources.
AMERICORPS TASKS & ACTIVITIES:
-Plan literacy, math, and arts related lessons, deliver lessons, and track progress of summer school students
-Complete identified assessments to gather retention and improvement statistics, as requested by summer school program director
-Compile statistics and develop end-of-summer report in order to share with stakeholders and funders
-Deliver pop-up library services at summer school, complete circulation or reference tasks as pertains to pop-up library delivery
-Register participants and reading minutes for library’s summer reading program; compile needed statistics as requested by library director
-Plan, prepare, and deliver outreach programs, including at local daycares, summer programs (in lieu of daycare for older children), and summer lunch program participants
- Track statistics for summer literacy programs; compile and develop summer reading report to share with stakeholders and funders
- Create materials, social media posts, guest blog posts, website components for library’s literacy resources and programs, including 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Tumblebooks, Bridges e-books related to literacy and incorporating literacy activities into daily life.
- Plan, prepare, and deliver pop-up libraries in other locations, including contracting cities and Louisa County Fair
- Present statistical evidence, anecdotal evidence, and other literacy information to stakeholder groups within the
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance
College Degree, GED/High School Diploma, Credential or Certification
High School Graduate
Subject to criminal background check