A video featuring the efforts of the Geneva Reads Initiative received honorable mention in the Community Changing Ideas Video contest, which asked community partners to showcase their literacy efforts to build a better future.
“AmeriCorps VISTA Kelsey Lagana and I were thrilled that the video won an honorable mention,” says Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) Katie Flowers. “I think our effort to get the word out about Geneva Reads and celebrate what has been accomplished thus far was a huge step in the right direction.”
Submitted in the Literacy Programs category, the Geneva Reads video was filmed by HWS Office of Communications filmmaker Andrew Markham ’10 with the help of Senior Editor Melissa Sue Sorrells-Galley ’05. “It was a great honor receiving an honorable mention in the contest, and also to be able to help tell the story of the Geneva Reads program and the great work it does for the local community,” says Markham. “While Geneva Reads was already familiar to us, I think the filming process opened our eyes to just how expansive it is, and it’s our hope and belief that is conveyed through the film.”
The video showcases the beginning of the Geneva Reads Initiative in the Nursery at Geneva General Hospital and spans all the way to high school students in the local Geneva Library, showcasing the hands-on nature and thoroughness of the program. The Initiative helps bring together several different events and organizations, including Books at Birth, Community Bookshelf, Bookfest, Community Reads and the AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program.
The Geneva Reads Initiative is a partnership between the library, schools, school libraries, government and community agencies, and others in Geneva, to raise the level of literacy in people of all ages and to increase the importance of reading and the reader in the community.
Literacy Powerline and Literacy Funders Network, two organizations that aimed at increasing literacy nationwide, sponsored the video contest and the National Literacy Coalition Conference Committee judged the entries.