The nonprofit Mid-State Literacy Council helps children and adults


The Mid-State Literacy Council offers a variety of programs and services to members of the community.

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Literacy is essential for employment, health care and the well-being of our children. Encouraging curiosity, creativity, and problem solving is the theme of the Mid-State Literacy Council’s children’s book drive. We thank everyone who donated books for families. The literacy council distributed books in Clearfield and Central counties. Reading together helps children and parents connect, reading helps children become more emphatic, and reading develops a child’s imagination.

Adults improve their reading skills at the Mid-State Literacy Council, which opens employment and training opportunities. What a difference it makes to read and understand. “Improving mothers’ literacy skills may be the best way to improve children’s success,” the National Institutes of Health researchers found. Many refugee women learn English and receive help from the Mid-State Literacy Council.

The Downtown State College Improvement District is hosting a Sunflower Solidarity Drive, Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Donated supplies will be collected for local Ukrainians and other refugee families living in the area. Gift card donations are a priority as families move to our area in search of basic necessities and school supplies. Mid-State Literacy Council staff will be available to answer questions about ways to volunteer.

The ability to understand and use technology is called digital literacy. The Hamer Foundation and the AARP Foundation support digital literacy instruction at the Mid-State Literacy Council. Staff receive additional training to deliver digital literacy workshops throughout the year. Some of the workshops that will be available in our community cover topics such as online safety, Google Maps, using smartphones, cloud storage, and using computers. Amanda Giedroc, program coordinator, organizes trainings for community members throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to help adults learn technology skills. Volunteers will meet with a learner once a week to provide additional practice. Please contact Amanda Giedroc with your interest in volunteering. Email [email protected] or call 814-238-1809.

And spellings, you are invited to join a Bee team. On Wednesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. via Zoom, the Mid-State Literacy Council will host the 23rd Annual Ron and Mary Maxwell Community Spelling Bee. Katie O’Toole, Master of Words and Master of Ceremonies, invites you to join us. For more information, please contact Spelling Bee Committee Co-Chairs Susan Hill and Amy Wilson at [email protected] Rapid Transit Sports took first place in 2021. Who will be the champions in 2022?

You make a difference. The Mid-State Literacy Council continues to provide educational opportunities for members of the community who need and want to be literate. Reading, math, English, GED, and test prep—all instruction helps adults achieve their job, health, and family goals. Additional information is available at To refer an adult for tutoring or to help, please contact our team at 814-238-1809 or [email protected]

Amy Wilson is the executive director of the Mid-State Literacy Council.

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