“Indy Reads is thrilled to be able to bring this to Boone, and it’s so innovative on behalf of the community foundation,” DiNicola said. “We’re looking forward to this so much. I think we have an exciting year ahead of us.”
Marcia Clutter of Arc said they will be developing a new pre-GED program for those people who struggle with current GED programs because their literacy level is not high enough to handle it. It will be for people Arc serves, but will also be open to the public. The next step is to hire a board-certified instructor and an assistant, she said.
“This has been on our wish list for many years,” she said. “It’s going to be a great advancement. Nothing like this has been offered before.”
Kay Martin, director of the Lebanon Public Library, said the money will enhance the youth literacy programs it already has in place — from pre-school to teen — and will also be used to help develop some new young-adult programs.
“It will not only help with continuing literacy but to keep the love of reading alive,” she said. “We’re going to add things we haven’t been able to in the past because we didn’t have the budget. It will make everything we do better.”
Jane Myers, library board member, said she is excited to work with Indy Reads for the first time.
“To have a partner like them is wonderful,” she said. “It’s great to see this fluidity with all the literacy programs. It will encourage partnerships to use all our expertise and people. It will all come together.”
The staff of the community foundation will continue to be involved, David said. They will receive updates on the work the organizations are doing.
“Don’t be afraid to try something different; the goal is for you to run with it,” he said at the meeting. “We want this to be a model program, trying to give people more of an opportunity to succeed.”