This week’s all new Community Focus features Michelle Otten Guenther, President, Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati!

Approximately 400,000 people in the Greater Cincinnati area are illiterate, and the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati serves as the contact center for literacy programs in the tri-state.

The Literacy Network offers a wide variety of these programs to meet the needs of both children and adults who struggle to read. These include in-school and afterschool reading programs, summer reading events, one-on-one tutoring, and in-neighborhood Little Free Libraries.

The Literacy network relies on a large volunteer network for it’s programs, and relies on partnerships and book drives for it’s book inventory.

With the impact of COVID 19 causing schools to switch to virtual platforms for students, and the limit this put on in-person tutoring, The staff at The Literacy Network adapted their programs to provide virtual tutoring opportunities, and worked with local partners already set up for distribution (such as meals for students) to also continue to provide much-needed books to students to keep at home. Be sure to tune into this informative interview Friday at 5:45 pm, Saturday at 5:45 pm, and on Sunday at 9;15 am and 7:15 pm right here right here on Christian Talk 1160!