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Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County, Inc.

Listing Last Update: September 10, 2021


12 Canal Street
Lyons, NY 14489

Primary Contact

Christopher S. Edgar

(315) 946-5333

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

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Program Overview

Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County offers comprehensive multi-generational educational activities to increase literacy, impact poverty, and help youth in our community to succeed.

  • Adult Literacy and ESOL Tutoring - Individualized instruction focuses on building literacy lessons around the specific needs and goals of the students.
  • School-based Partnerships – Collaborating with K-12 schools to make reading fun for kids and reach out to parents. Activities include: Family Fun Literacy Events, story-telling and free book giveaways in pre-K through 3rd grade classrooms, and partnerships with after school programs.
  • Books from Birth – Promoting reading to young children. Welcome packets - containing a free new book, library card application, tips on reading to children, and information on literacy services - are given to families of newborns.
  • Little Green Bookshelves and Annex – Promoting reading and book ownership. Individuals and companies donate new and gently used books which are given away for FREE! through Little Green Bookshelves or at the free book "store" Annex next to our office.
  • Digital Literacy – Providing small group tutoring in basic computer skills.

Mission Statement

The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County is to promote and foster increased literacy in Wayne County NY and surrounding areas. We do this through a variety of programs and activities that provide opportunities for adults to learn, encourage reading in the community, and help children prepare to succeed in school.

Hours of operation: 9:00 am - 4 pm M-F, and by appointment

Cost info: Services are provided at no cost to the student through the support of grants and community donations.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Our story began several years ago at a local Elementary School. One family who struggled with reading became acquainted with our Family Fun Literacy Nights, which are held monthly during the school year in the school auditorium. At that time, their children were ages 2, 4 and 6. While the two oldest children were being read to during our weekly school reading rounds, the father was not as involved and the Mother worked a part time job. The two older children loved being read to in their elementary school classes on a weekly basis and invited their parents to our Family Fun Literacy Night. Over time, the family became regular participants and both parents attended with all three children. The Mom and Dad have since become more active in attending other school activities, including teacher conferences. Mom has a full time job and all three children are enjoying school. Most signficantly the father, who struggles with reading, quietly practices reading the books from our monthly give-away at Family Fun Literacy Nights. At the December event he even read out loud to his children.
- Story submitted by Derek Poole, Family Literacy Coordinator

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