A literacy-focused volunteer organization affiliated with the UW Madison School of Library and Information Studies

Allied Drive Literacy Time Update

Please check back later for our Spring  2018 volunteer dates.

In the meantime, contact us at slisallied@gmail.com with any questions.

Mindi & Mariah



Save the Date- Fall 2015 Schedule

The Fall semester is upon us, and that means Allied Drive Literacy Time is starting back up!

As always, we will head to Allied Drive on Monday’s, leaving campus around 2:00 and returning by 4:30.

Fall 2015 Dates:

September 14
October 19
November 9
December 7

In the Fall, we get to read and sing with 3rd and 4th graders as well as reading, singing, and crafting with the Kindergarten and 1st grade students at Allied Drive.

Have a fantastic craft idea?!   Can’t wait to get signed up?!  Want to volunteer to drive?!  Need more information about the group?!  Send any questions, comments, concerns, ideas to slisallied@gmail.com. We love hearing from our volunteers!

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, we can’t wait to see you on the 14th!


Spring 2015 Dates

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Although it doesn’t seem like it with all the snow we just got, the Spring Semester is here, and so are the dates for Allied Drive Literacy Time!  This semester will feature several guest UW-Librarians as story time readers, but we still need you wonderful volunteers to assist them and also help the librarian from the Madison Public-Sequoya branch do book check-out.  Allied Drive Literacy Time will take place as usual on Monday afternoon’s from 2:00-4:30. We will continue to meet at SLIS Library and carpool over to the Allied Drive center.

Spring Dates:

February 9
March 9
April 13
April 27– book giveaway

These dates may change, but the student coordinator will be in touch if they do.

If you’d like to volunteer, suggest something, or share something literacy related, please don’t hesitate to contact us at slisallied@gmail.com, or you can leave a comment here.

Fall 2014 Allied Trips – Save the Dates!


Fall is officially around the corner, so you know what that means… Pumpkins!!! Pumpkin scented candles, pumpkin flavored coffee drinks, and pumpkin pies overloaded with whipped cream!

Oh, I guess the changing of the season means some other stuff, too. It also means that our group of volunteers from UW-Madison will once again be visiting the Allied Drive Learning Center to promote literacy skills to young learners!

The proposed dates, which have been approved by the learning center are:

  • September 22
  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 8

Keep in mind, these may be subject to change, but the student coordinator will keep the group posted.  

Autumn Color #2

Spring 2014 (Up)Dates

Welcome back, Allied volunteers! I’d like to take a moment to share some information about our Spring 2014 trips:

1.) Dates- Our trips will once again take place on Monday afternoons, from 2-4:30. We will meet at the SLIS Library and ride together to the Allied Drive facility. The Spring Dates are:

  • February 10
  • March 10
  • April 7
  • April 28

2.) Guest Readers- This semester, we will have volunteer readers from various campus libraries accompanying us to do storytimes. Our first visit will have guests from the SLIS Library, the second will feature readers from UW’s Water Library, and the third will showcase the reading talents of MERIT librarians (tentatively). The fourth and final trip will not feature any special guests, so that we have time to give the Allied kids FREE BOOKS!!! Sorry, got a little too excited there.

3.) Contact info- If you’d like to volunteer to come along on our trips, make suggestions, or share something literacy related, please feel free to contact us. Our e-mail is slisallied(at)gmail dot com, or you can simply leave a comment on this blog. Thanks for all you do for these kids!!!

Obligatory Cutesy Clipart. Doesn’t it Melt Your Heart?

Dance and Music Storytime!

This one was lots of fun, plenty of moving around! In addition to our usual opening song, we danced to some songs from the boombox.

Happy Hedgehog Band by Martin Waddell, ill. Jill Barton


Giant Dance party by Betsy Bird, ill. Brandon Dorman

Silly Dance Contest song by Jim Gill

Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems

Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson, ill. Suzanne Watts

We also made dancing ribbon wands by decorating paper-covered paper towel tubes with stickers and markers and gluing on crepe paper streamers, great for dancing around!

Dates for the fall!

It’s already time for the new semester to start, and with it, start fall trips to Allied Drive Learning Center! Welcome, new members, we’re excited to have you.

The dates for Fall 2013 will be:

Sept. 16
Oct. 14
Nov. 11
Dec. 9
As usual, each trip is on a Monday and we’ll meet at SLIS Library shortly before 2:00, carpool together, and return by 4:30. I will send an email out to the list for RSVPs, so if you aren’t sure if you’re on the email list, or have any other questions, contact me at slisallied@gmail.com.