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Duffy intern focuses on literacy, locally

April 2, 2012

Maybe you sped through The Hunger Games in hopes of reading the book before the movie came out, or have a whole set of Harry Potter books for which you have no space on your shelf. Now, you can repurpose those and similar volumes and put them to good use. Duffy intern Kara Condon’12 is currently manning a young adult/teen book drive to benefit the local community, culminating in a book giveaway on Support Teen Literature Day, which takes place on April 12.

“During my internship at the library I have focused on teen literacy and library services,” explains Condon. “The purpose of my focus on teen literacy is because the [Beloit Public Library] had just developed  their 2012-2015 Strategic Goals, which had an emphasis on providing services that would improve literacy in the community.  This provided me a great opportunity to learn more about literacy and the services provided to teens to help improve or maintain their literacy skills.”

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Volunteers collected books for several hours last week outside the Morse Library on campus; as of late last week, Condon and her crew of volunteers had collected some 30 books. On Support Teen Literature Day, Condon and BPL staff will hide cards around that library, and when teens find the card, they can take it to the reference desk to score a free donated book.

As a history and education double major, the internship has allowed Condon to get an in-depth look at literacy issues—something she thinks will come in handy as she hopes to pursue a career as a social studies teacher.

“Literacy is a subject that I believe is important to this community and to education.  Literacy skills are necessary in order to advance in one's education and in order to get and keep a job,” she says. “Reading should not be something that any student fears, but instead it should be an enjoyable experience.  I believe that is the main purpose of the Young Adult  Department at the Beloit Public Library: to encourage teens to love reading. “ 

If the campus and community would still like to donate teen books, they can email Condon at through Friday (April 6).

“These books are meant to be a gift to teens and an incentive to read.  Thus, we are really looking for books that are in nice condition, relevant to teens, and are of high interest to them,” Condon says.