Literacy Week in Review | June 16

News and Events

202(2)Gen Summit

July 20, 2022 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us for our fifth annual event as we review the evolution of 2Gen in our community, learn about three programs that are serving families with a 2Gen approach, and network with colleagues. 2Gen approaches build family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously working with children and the adults in their lives together.

You can choose your networking topic based on the six components of a 2Gen whole family approach — early-childhood education, K-12, post-secondary and employment pathways, social capital, health, and economic assets.

This event has two format options. In-person (masks required) or virtual. Please register once and select the format you prefer.


Upcoming Professional Development Session

Workforce Reading, Writing, & Math for Adults

July 22, 2022 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Join our workshop on workforce reading, writing, and mathematics for adults! Learn how to answer the question of all adult learners: “Why do I need to know this?” Adults need fundamental skills in reading, writing and mathematics for success in most on-the-job training and workplace certifications. They also need to be able to apply these essential skills in the workplace environment. During this workshop you will:

  • Understand the economic impact of adults increasing their reading, writing, and math skills.

  • Explore examples of reading, writing, and math tasks from workplace scenarios and certifications.

  • Gain up-to-date information on growing regional jobs to keep adults motivated.

  • Experience a career exploration lesson that builds reading, writing, and math skills.

Learn how to engage adults to simultaneously build both workforce and basic academic skills. Your adult learners will walk away feeling more prepared for workplace certifications, and life.

Sample lessons will be shared from The Literacy Cooperative’s free and UPDATED downloadable Contextualized Curriculum. Each curriculum focuses on an industry with high entry-level growth in Northeast Ohio: manufacturing, construction, IT/digital literacy, hospitality, and healthcare. The strategies and lesson plans shared in this session can be modified for use with a wide variety of adult learning contexts.

This session will be held virtually, to RSVP, click here.


Exercise Your Brain

Did you know that physical activity impacts brain health? Our expert will share helpful information, ideas and resources for your family.

Presentation and Q & A with Kelly Satola MS, RDN, LD, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who provides wellness services, medical nutrition therapy and community programs at Neighborhood Family Practice.

Need assistance? Call or email Joan Spoerl, Director, Imagination Library at 216-776-6186 or

To register, click here.

To view the playlist of our previous sessions, click here.


Peeling Party at Bookhouse Brewing

Join The Literacy Cooperative volunteers and staff for a happy hour peeling party at Bookhouse Brewing on June 23 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Louise C. Stokes Scholar House Groundbreaking

One of our 2Gen partners, CHN Housing Partners will be one of the many organizations partnering up to launch the Louise C. Stokes Scholar House, which is to come in the summer of 2023. This initiative was created with the help of CHN Housing Partners, United Way, CMHA, Tri-C, Step Forward, and Cleveland State University. The Scholar House was named in honor of Louise C. Stokes, the late mother of Cleveland Mayor, Carl Stokes and United States Representative, Louis Stokes. The goal of this housing initiative is to provide single parents with access to affordable housing, quality childcare, resident services, rental support, and academic support while they are receiving their education at Tri-C or Cleveland State University.

To learn more about the Louise C. Stokes Scholar House, click here.


Ohio Organizations Bridge Literacy Gap

Laurie Atkins, The Literacy Cooperative's Vice President of Strategic Initiatives was featured in a Business Journal Daily article where she discussed the importance of health and financial literacy and how it affects other avenues in life.

To read the full article, click here.


Weekend Activities

Juneteenth in the African American Cultural Garden

June 18, 2022 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The African American Cultural Gardens will be proudly hosting its annual celebration of Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in our country. The day will begin with decorating a caravan, an activity led by Cleveland Mayor, Justin Bibb, followed by festivities at the Gardens' Centennial Peace Plaza, then ceremonies, music, dance and food at the African American Garden. This is one of the oldest and most comprehensive celebrations of Juneteenth in Northeast Ohio. Held in conjunction with the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation.

The African American Cultural Garden is located at 890 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106.


Juneteenth Community Art

June 18, 2022 - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

On Saturday, June 18th join Healthy Cleveland in celebrating Juneteenth at Morning Star Baptist Church from noon to 4 pm. The celebration will include the unveiling of a mural and recognition of the We Wear the Mask call for art selections. The day will include live music, free food, face painting, games, and much more.

The Morning Star Baptist Church is located at 10250 Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44104.