October 15, 2018

Nebraska: Literacy Center of the Midlands to Close After Nearly 50 Years, Organization Was Founded by a Librarian

From the Omaha World-Herald:

The Literacy Center of the Midlands, a 48-year-old organization founded by a librarian who wanted to help adults improve their literacy skills, is closing its doors.

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It’s been a privilege to serve the community and the adults who have these literacy needs,” said Linda Butkus, the Literacy Center’s CEO. “And our heart goes out to everybody. We hope everyone lands in a good spot. And we’re encouraging our students to continue their education goals.”

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Butkus said that over the years, the center received funding from various foundations, individual donations and the State of Nebraska, and from other fundraisers and community events. There was no specific loss of funding that led to this. “The whole environment just changed as time progressed,” she said. “We continued to grow as an organization, as well, and the needs of our students outpaced our ability to fund the center.”

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Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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