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

THANK YOU volunteers!!

As the semester wraps up, I would like to say a gigantic THANK YOU to all of our wonderful volunteers and to the Allied Learning Center for having us. It’s such a great experience to spend time with the kids each month, getting to know them and practicing our librarian skills. Without student volunteers, we would never be able to work with the Learning Center like we do, and their enthusiasm makes every trip awesome. Thanks again, and see you in the spring!


Final trip of the year: Friends!

For our final Allied trip of the semester, we focused on friends and friendship for the kindergarten and first grade students. We talked about how friends can take many forms, from people you know at school to siblings to animals, and sometimes even people you don’t like at first! The second and third graders enjoyed a variety of books that weren’t centered around a specific theme, but just provided some fun and entertainment for a great last trip!

Mini Mia and her Darling Uncle by Pija Lindenbaum


Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes


Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman


Beauty by Anthony Browne


Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich


Folktales and a Wii

Our November trip included a storytime focused on healthy living for the kindergarten and first grade students. Our special addition to this trip was the very first chance to use the Wii we purchased using grant funds! Our goal is to use the Wii to motivate exercise and movement, so we used is a fun dance-along game to get the kids moving. I’m happy to report it was a huge success! The kids took turns using the Wii’s nun chucks, had fun comparing their movement scores, and enjoyed dancing along during someone else’s turn. 

Meanwhile, the second and third graders read a variety of books about folktales from around the world. Here were some of their favorites:

John Henry by Julius Lester




Once Upon a Royal Superbaby by Kevin O’Malley




Hosni the Dreamer: An Arabian Tale by Ehud Ben-Ezer



Our second trip to Allied this semester was on October 24. Our storytime for the kindergarten and first grade students focus on plucky poultry, while the second and third graders enjoyed stories about animals. It was especially fun to use the book Chicken Dance (pictured below) to give one of the second graders a mini-lesson about the King (Elvis, not one of the many historical figures)! Here are some of the books we read:

Chicken Soup by Jean Van Leeuwen


Chester’s Masterpiece by Melanie Watt


Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer


First trip of the semester!

Our first trip to Allied was this past Monday, October 1. We had a great volunteer turnout, and were so excited to have some new first-year volunteers participating! Our theme was Fall, and the students enjoyed reading and looking at books all about fall. Kindergarten and first grade students participated in storytimes, while the second and third graders paired up with volunteers to read one-on-one. Overall, a great way to start this year of Allied Drive Literacy Time! We’re all looking forward to coming back in a few weeks. Here are some of the books we read:

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes










Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert












The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg