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Literacy

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of OSU Extension handouts and resources for parents, covering a wide array of subjects such as, horticulture, food and nutrition, breastfeeding; teaching children to read and resolve conflict, tips for new parents and how to stay involved in your teen’s life.
2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
ohioline.osu.edu

Columbus Literacy Council

Offers free basic literacy classes for adults and also English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).
92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Student Hotline: (614) 282-7661
www.columbusliteracy.org

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Books Build Connections Toolkit

Early learning resources are provided by the AAP to assist physicians in promoting, helping and guiding parents and caregivers on the importance of early learning, talking and reading for infants and toddlers.  This toolkit also shares parent resources to help families learn ways to introduce and explore early learning and reading at home.  Click below to view a list of age-appropriate books with tips on how to encourage receptive and expressive language and more.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000
http://littoolkit.aap.org
Build Connections Toolkit

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Offers free basic reading and writing classes, GED classes, literacy learning courses and English classes through several organizations. Check their online schedule of events for a comprehensive listing of courses.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-2ASK or (614) 645-2275
www.columbuslibrary.org

Columbus Metropolitan Library Ready to Read Corps

Provides free learning resources for parents of children up to age 5. They hand out an early literacy kit, full of fun learning tools, and the program is offered at several locations throughout the Columbus area.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 479-3450
www.columbuslibrary.org

Dominican Learning Center

Tutors adults 18 years and older in reading, writing, math, and computers, as well as GED preparation and learning English in the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Students are not charged for tutorial services, but those who are financially able are asked to purchase basic texts and materials.
1111 East Stewart Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-7330
www.domlearningcenter.org

Every Child Ready to Read at St. Ann’s Hospital

Starting at birth, you can use simple games and activities to help your child develop skills that will make reading and succeeding in school easier. A youth librarian from the Westerville Public Library will share basic research about brain development and early literacy skills, with lots of opportunity for hands on fun. This free class is offered once a month and intended for parents/caregivers of children birth to 2 years old.
500 South Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 898-MOMS
www.mountcarmelhealth.com

Godman Guild GED / ABLE Program

Provides free resources, support and life skills training to help adult students balance work and family while pursuing their education. Childcare (children ages 6 weeks to 12 years) is available while students are in class except for morning classes. Transportation is also available for students who live in the Godman Guild service area except for morning classes.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476
www.godmanguild.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Reach Out & Read

Reach out and Read is a pediatric literacy program dedicated to encouraging family literacy activities in the home prior to a child’s entrance into the school system so that children grow up with books and a love of reading.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-8621
www.nationwidechildrenshospital.org

Next Chapter Book Club

This free program provides teens and adults of all ages with intellectual disabilities and a wide range of reading skills meet with trained volunteers to read aloud and discuss a book each week. The goal of the reading groups is to improve literacy and promote friendships among people with disabilities and within a community-based setting.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 404-6060 or (614) 685-6718
nextchapterbookclub.org

Reading Rockets

One in five kids has serious difficulties learning to read. With early identification and a lot of help, however, children can do well. Through the U.S Department of Education, Reading Rockets provides many resources for families, including help for stuggling readers, help for kids with dyslexia, literacy apps, webcasts, common core information, booklists, reading classes and more.
WETA Public Television
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206
www.readingrockets.org

St. John Learning Center

Offers basic literacy and education classes for youth and adults. More than 150 adult students participate in a variety of literacy enhancement classes at the Learning Center each year, with over 50 earning GED diplomas.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3132
http://stjohnlearning.org

Westerville Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Westerville Public Library provides free books for children up to age 5 who live in the Westerville School District.  Each month one age-appropriate book is mailed to your child as a gift for them to keep and helps to encourage the love for reading.  Visit their website for details and to sign-up.
126 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio  43081
(614) 882-7277
www.westervillelibrary.org