As a first generation Korean-American, I have witnessed firsthand the difficulty of adjusting to a new culture.
What do the names The Spell Casters, Word Busters, and The Eager Readers have in common?
For many people, interactions with the legal system come unexpectedly. They find themselves surprised when they are unprepared for their situation and confused at the complexity of it all.
In many countries, receiving a basic education is still difficult to obtain. Growing up in Turkey, Seher personally experienced this, and came to highly value education.
A language is closely connected to the culture it lives in. This was Yang’s first discovery when she came to the United States to start a new life.
"Reading is just interesting," comments Makiko, an adult learner at Mid-State. As a native Japanese speaker, Makiko's love for reading has inspired her to tackle the entire Harry Potter series in English, a formidable feat for this non-native speaker.
Coming from a small school in the suburbs to the large campus of Penn State, one of the biggest changes I experienced was interacting with people from diverse backgrounds each day.
How does one cope and stay Joyful amidst a difficult time of isolation, quarantine, separation, worries of job loss, teaching your children at home while virtually navigating through too many Zoom meetings and not having enough band width?
What do Paul P. Harris (Rotary founder), Amy (grandparent), Phoebe (PSU tutor), a deviled egg sandwich (lunch provided for tutor), Chrome Books, and Bellefonte all have in common?
When I first started working at the Mid-State Literacy Council in September 2019, I was curious about how this breadth of offerings could be accomplished year after year with a staff of only two full-time and a few part-time employees.