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By Linda Murray
Development Director

Stalwart runners and walkers in our 21st annual Run/ Walk braved the steady rain to show their support of literacy programs and services. Nearly 900 registrants (565 in nearly 50 teams), ranging in age from 3 to 86 signed up to walk or run the scenic State Street and UW-Madison Lakeshore Path along Lake Mendota on Sunday, October 14. Read more...


By Marie Green Ganser
Civics Instructor

I teach Computer Basics once a week at Literacy Network. The original syllabus for Computer Basics included teaching students Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, setting up email, and using the internet.... This week I will show Ricardo how to set up an email account and navigate job sites. Jinhee will research Halloween traditions online and write a short paper about it for me to correct and hand back. Hilda (beginner) & Reina (intermediate) will use interactive ESL websites to practice grammar and vocabulary. Lastly, Pau & Pasang will practice typing vocabulary words (with pictures to help with meaning), followed by speaking practice using ESL videos on YouTube. Read more...


The rain at this year's Run/Walk didn't dampen the spirit of volunteer Natalie Witte, pictured above with her daughter, Dr. Patty Witte. Natalie has been a personal tutor with Literacy Network since February 2011 and has been working with her current learner from China for a year and a half. Read more...

By Kerry Hill
Tutor and Board Member

I discovered the joy of reading early in elementary school, spurred on by the summer reading program at a branch library just three blocks from my house....As my reading skills developed, I also became aware that some of my older family members could barely read. They had grown up on farms in an era when reading was not among the most prized skills. Read more...


By Gregg Williard
ESL Instructor

November 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of Literacy Network's English for Bhutanese classes, held in cooperation with Lutheran Social Services. The classes meet four times a week at Centro Hispano. Read more...


By Jennifer Peterson
Student Services Director

Doug Lechner, one of Literacy Network's longest-serving interns, is in his fourth and final semester with the Community Literacy program. During a break from lesson planning, I asked Doug how he has grown since his first semester as a wee novice intern into the towering oak of wisdom he is today. Read more...


Jennifer Peterson comes to Literacy Network having completed a Masters and the coursework for a PhD in Hispanic Literature at UW-Madison, where she also taught 11 semesters of undergraduate Spanish.Read more...

My position as Office Manager started in June of 2012, but my involvement with Literacy Network began in November 2011 as a volunteer. A friend mentioned Literacy Network to me when I moved to Madison from San Francisco. I began work as a volunteer and was immediately blown away by Literacy Network's mission. Read more...

I first heard about the Literacy Network through a couple of friends who were already volunteering there. I looked at the website and was very impressed and inspired to become part of the organization. My parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico and my mother still struggles with speaking English in public. Read more...

My name is Lisa Anderson, and I am happy to be a part of Literacy Network's team! My first experience with Literacy Network was as a graduate student when a group of us would run every year in the Literacy Run/Walk. Read more...