Zion-Benton’s Coalition for Healthy Communities mission is to lead our communities in a collaborative effort to improve identified health, wellness, and social issues. As subcommittee formed under this mission, the Literacy Task Force seeks to promote literacy within our community—to create a community of readers—and increase community awareness of existing literacy resources.
The Literacy Task Force (LTF) of the Coalition for Healthy Communities is comprised of representatives from the four school districts serving Zion-Benton Townships: Districts 1, 3, 6 and 126 are all represented. Additionally, the Zion-Benton Public Library Director, the Youth Services Librarians and the Teen Librarians all serve on this committee. We are also joined by representatives from the Zion Park District, the Lake County United Way, and the Lake County YWCA. Over the last several years the LTF has developed and implemented programs designed to promote literacy in our community.
During the past year, we have partnered with the Meemic Foundation and the ZBTHS Industry and Technology Department to produce 15 Little Free Libraries. These libraries are currently in production and will be placed in the community in the spring/summer of 2018. Each Little Free Library will be stocked with donated books for people of all ages.
We have also created a tutoring guide for community residents. A copy of the guide can be found HERE.
The Zion-Benton Public Library has also begun Child Development Screenings which helps parents identify if their child (birth through age 5) is developmentally on track in these five areas:
• Gross Motor
• Fine Motor
• Problem Solving
Screenings can identify children who are developing on schedule, identify children who would benefit from practice or support in specific areas, and answer the question, “Does my child need an in-depth assessment?” Screenings cannot diagnose delays or disabilities or identify specific goals to target.
To make an appointment for a screening, please call (847) 872-4680 extension 5. Screenings take approximately 20 minutes and will take place at the Zion-Benton Public Library in the Youth Services Department. Screening results and personal information will not be shared or kept by the library.
The Literacy Task Force is working to expand literacy activities throughout the community. If you have an opportunity to help the LTF grow and expand our reach, please let us know. We are constantly looking for new ideas and opportunities to ensure that our community is a community of readers.
|Literacy||Every 3rd Monday – 4-5pm||Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Ave
Zion, IL 60099
|Jeanne Aken – Co-Chair
Deborah Will – Co-Chair