Jersey City Library Literacy Program Hosted Special Workshop for Literacy Staff...

Jersey City Library Literacy Program Hosted Special Workshop for Literacy Staff, Volunteer Tutors & Students on Friday, February 27

With the Main Library being in the throes of multi-year renovation, the Jersey City Library Literacy Program has had to think on its feet, yet, at the same time, plan for the expected…and unexpected. Hence, Literacy has been holding its many meetings and classes at various branches and other areas throughout Jersey City since the renovations started in late October 2014.

On Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Greenville Branch Library board room, the second meeting was held for the ALLIES Research Project, stemming from a grant from Dollar General to conduct research on learner leadership. Marty Finsterbusch, the director of VALUEUSA who came up from Philadelphia to facilitate the workshop, is a former adult literacy student and an advocate for adult learners. As a literacy student peer, Mr. Finsterbusch had a unique and keen perspective to help literacy staff, volunteer tutors and students become the best teachers of adult literacy. Jersey City Library Literacy Program administrative volunteer Sherly George helped Mr. Finsterbusch by writing on the dry erase board.

VALUEUSA is a charitable organization working to improve our nation's education system and empower adults with low literacy skills to realize their human potential.


As a catalyst for social change, VALUEUSA is dedicated to:

  • promote the understanding that each and everyone who wants to improve their literacy skills can do so
  • encourage and aid individuals, groups, and organizations to foster the development of leadership skills among adult learners, enabling them to assist and improve the programs that helped them
  • advocate for effective education policies and practices
  • heighten public awareness to increase support for adult literacy efforts

VALUEUSA is a membership organization, open to everyone who supports our mission, and is the only national organization governed and operated by current and former adult learners. In effect, VALUEUSA is the alumni association for adult education and English literacy in the U.S.

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