Tips & Trends

How To Help Your Tween Or Teen Have A Fun, Safe Summer

When summer rolls around, most kids are ready to veg out in front of the television and sleep until noon every day, but one of the best ways to keep them safe and out of trouble is to help them plan out some activities. You don’t have to schedule their entire summer, but sitting down [...]

By | 2017-06-01T02:44:04+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Tips & Trends|Comments Off on How To Help Your Tween Or Teen Have A Fun, Safe Summer

Tips For Improving Vocabulary

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you know what you want to say but you can't seem to find the right words to properly express your thoughts? One way to prevent this from happening is to expand your vocabulary, as the more words that you are familiar with, the less likely it [...]

By | 2017-02-02T22:15:42+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Tips & Trends|Comments Off on Tips For Improving Vocabulary

In its Fifth Year, #GivingTuesday is a Day of Global Giving

#GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and widely recognized shopping events like Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Originally created by the team at the 92nd Street Y -- a cultural center in New York City that has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back since 1874-- #GivingTuesday connects diverse [...]

By | 2016-11-17T21:43:55+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Announcements, Community Partners, For Volunteers, Special Events, Tips & Trends|Comments Off on In its Fifth Year, #GivingTuesday is a Day of Global Giving

5 Ways To Celebrate National Literacy Month!

September is National Literacy Month and at Literacy KC, we are so excited to celebrate! Strong literacy skills are essential skills for the development and growth of a community and our nation as a whole. However, literacy can easily get taken for granted as something that many of us have had the majority of our lives. [...]

By | 2016-11-08T18:30:52+00:00 September 1st, 2016|For Volunteers, Tips & Trends|Comments Off on 5 Ways To Celebrate National Literacy Month!

How to Start a Little Free Library

You’ve seen them. The cute, tinier than tiny houses staked at the curb in front of homes, churches, libraries, stores and, in some cities, even zoos. Growing at a faster rate than even HGTV’s “Tiny House Nation” spews out reruns, the Little Free Library is a novel (get it?) way to make reading fun, easy [...]

By | 2016-11-08T18:32:49+00:00 June 16th, 2016|For Volunteers, Tips & Trends|Comments Off on How to Start a Little Free Library

Volunteer Rates Have Declined in the U.S

Why do people choose to volunteer? There are a variety of factors that range from the desire to make a difference in the community to learning new skills and building a resume. Regardless of the motivating factor, organizations that rely on volunteer support (such as Literacy KC) certainly appreciate when people in the community get involved. [...]

Adult Literacy In Today’s Society

On January 12, 1971, Jimmy Carter was sworn in as Governor of Georgia.  He said in his inaugural address: “Our people are our most precious possession. . .Every adult illiterate. . .is an indictment of us all...  the responsibility is our own and our government’s. . .I will not shirk this responsibility.”  Forty-five years later, [...]

By | 2016-11-08T18:58:12+00:00 March 31st, 2016|About Literacy KC, Announcements, Tips & Trends, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on Adult Literacy In Today’s Society

Literacy Links to Civic Participation

It seems that at least 23 of the 24-hour-news-cycle hours are currently dedicated to political races, disgraces, and other early signs of an election year.  So, you may ask: “What does all this noise have to do with our national problem of illiteracy?” Quite a lot. Voting is an important right that all citizens 18 [...]

By | 2016-12-16T16:19:36+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Tips & Trends, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on Literacy Links to Civic Participation

The Real Value of Adult Literacy

One in five American adults cannot access or use the Internet. So why does it matter anyway if more adults are literate? This year, we will be looking at ways that our great KC can be even better with more of our city’s adults reading, writing, being hired for family-supporting jobs, becoming leaders in their [...]

By | 2016-11-08T18:20:00+00:00 January 7th, 2016|About Literacy KC, Tips & Trends, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on The Real Value of Adult Literacy