2003-2004 Literacy Champions

Bettina Blood

Literacy Volunteer Coordinator at Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood, MA

Bettina Blood is the adult service librarian for Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood where she has directed the adult literacy program since 1985. An affiliate of the Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts, the program provides free, private, individualized and confidential tutoring for adults– especially learning disabled adults who often have no where else to go to learn to read. Under Bettina’s direction, what was once a small program has grown into a full department which attracts committed tutors and devoted and successful students. Her work with adults who needed to improve their literacy and conversational English skills, as well as her library work with children, inspired her to establish the family literacy program LIFT (Learning Involves Families Together). LIFT brought children and their parents, who participate in the adult literacy program, together for instruction and reading activities, introduces both to the treasures of the library and provided ways for adults and children to share the joys of reading together.