Congratulations to our Hmong Outreach Specialist!

We are proud to announce our Hmong Outreach Specialist, Yee Lee Vue, was recently awarded the Rising Star Award by the Wisconsin Library Association! The award is presented annually to a library employee who has made an outstanding contribution in the past year to their library and/or community. 

Yee works approximately 16 hours a week for Children’s Services. She dedicates her time to teaching Hmong families early literacy skills to help parents and caregivers prepare their children for kindergarten, and furthermore to be successful in school. Yee’s outreach program, titled Appleton Ready to Read, is based off of the American Library Association’s outreach program, Every Child Ready to Read. Yee was honored for her achievements Tuesday, October 22 at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.

Check out Yee's Rising Star Award video, which explains her program and the impact it has had on our community.  

Appleton Ready to Read directly addresses the findings in the 2010-11 Fox Cities LIFE Study, which states that third grade reading scores have declined every year since 2006-07. Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Examination scores from AASD in 2011 show that of those third grade students who scored below proficient on the exam, 36 percent were Asian and 38 percent had limited English proficiency. With this program, we are offering one way to work together as a community to help pull up our children’s examination scores.

Appleton Ready to Read was funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act.

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