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Vision and Mission


Our Vision is a community in which everyone is literate.

Our Mission is to raise literacy levels in Grant County, New Mexico through free tutoring and outreach projects.


Board of Directors


Vice President
Gail Law

Secretary
Lillian Galloway

Treasurer
Marta Bloy

Caroline Baldwin

Karen Earlywine

Deanna Mooney

 

Staff


Program Director
Mary Beth Folia

Office Manager
Jason Marshall

 

History


Literacy Link ‐ Leamos (LLL), Grant County’s community-based family literacy program, had its roots in an organization called Literacy Link, which was founded by two Americorps VISTA Volunteers. Funding was cut in 2000, and late that year, Caroline Baldwin and Nancy Cliff resurrected the program, with volunteer tutors. Its new steering committee changed our name to Literacy Link-Leamos, to reflect the diversity in our community and to encourage broad participation.

With help from dedicated volunteers, LLL established relationships with El Grito Head Start, Friends of the Library, WIC, Senior Services: RSVP, Southwest Advocates for Kids, and others. By 2001, there was a Board of Directors, a Program Coordinator, ESL tutors, and our first donation of 2,100 books from First Book. In 2001-2002, we were awarded the “Exceptional Literacy Program” award from the New Mexico Coalition on Literacy (NMCL).

In 2002, LLL presented the first annual Love Your Library Day, which has since become our biggest annual event, with an average of 200 townspeople coming through the library to enjoy entertainment, games, free books from LLL and refreshments. By 2005 LLL was offering ESL classes in Bayard and Santa Clara. The Rotary Club of Silver City funded the Rotary Literacy Center at the Public Library, providing carrels and laptops. We also offered workplace literacy classes and customer service training, and in 2011, Ed Greenberg, who established literacy classes at Grant County Detention Center, joined LLL as a Board member.

By May, 2014, Literacy Link-Leamos had received over 150,000 new books from First Book National Book Bank for its very successful book give-away program, Let’s Read. We participate in community events like the Gough Park 4th of July celebration, the Red Hot Children’s Fiesta, and more. We have more than 60 active supporters and volunteers, have given thousands of books to children and adults, and have served hundreds of Grant County residents since the year 2000.