Two Library Employees Honored for Adult and Computer Literacy Work

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Two Library Employees Honored for Adult and Computer Literacy Work

Two DC Public Library employees have been recognized for their work supporting adult and computer literacy in the District.

Marcia Harrington, the director of the DC Public Library's Adult Literacy Resource Center, has been named one of five winners of the 2012 Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Award for Distinguished DC Government Employees. Desiré Grogan, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's computer training coordinator, was named a finalist for the 2012 awards.

“For many in the District who have decided to finish high school, learn to read or learn how to use a computer, asking for help can be intimidating,” said Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper.  “Marcia and Desiré have helped countless residents feel comfortable coming to their library for help. This work shows that books are only the beginning of what the library offers the District.  We could not be prouder that Marcia and Desiré have been recognized.”

Located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the Adult Literacy Resource Center helps adults who wish to continue their education by learning to read, preparing to take the GED exam or developing proficiency in conversational English if it is not their native language.

Harrington came to the library in 1986 as an adult education specialist tasked with expanding and improving adult literacy services.  Since then, the Adult Literacy Resource Center has become a meeting place for many of the city’s adult literacy providers and their students. The library regularly holds classes for adult learners, connects adults with organizations specializing in adult education, provides space for adult learners to meet with tutors and offers books designed for those who are learning to read.

Initially hired as a Children’s Librarian in 1979, Grogan worked at the library for 11 years, serving as the Assistant Librarian at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library before her initial departure.  She returned in 2000 to manage the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s computer lab.  In this position, Grogan developed a curriculum that teaches basic skills to those with no experience using computers and helps users who are familiar with computers learn new skills.  Grogan has also created classes that help job seekers develop résumés, search for jobs online and improve their knowledge of common computer programs.

Harrington and Grogan will be honored at the awards ceremony, sponsored by The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, on May 31.