2018 NJSL Literacy Boot Camp – Reboot Literacy @ Your Library

Following up on the success of the inaugural Literacy Boot Camp in 2015, the New Jersey State Library is offering the second Literacy Boot Camp in partnership with the Plainfield Public Library. It consists of five, half-day, in-person workshops and includes structured, hands-on learning, and sharing of New Jersey libraries’ best practices in the field of adult literacy.

The workshops are held bi-weekly on Tuesdays beginning March 27 through May 22, 2018 at the Plainfield Public Library (800 Park Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060).

The application is limited to 25 people; 1 participant per library organization. There is no cost for participating. It is a first-come, first-served basis according to the following criteria:


  • Librarians and library staff whose current professional responsibilities include creating, implementing or maintaining adult literacy programs in a public library setting
  • Librarians and library staff who did not participate in the previous boot camp
  • New librarians and library staff from previously participating libraries
  • Boot camp alumni currently employed with libraries that did not previously participate


The deadline has past.


Application has closed. Thank you for your interest and participating.


The primary goal for NJSL Literacy Boot Camp (bootcamp) is to provide New Jersey librarians and library staff with skills and tools necessary to develop adult literacy programs to meet the needs of their communities. Participants will come away with hands-on learning materials and resources, greater self-confidence, and be better equipped with knowledge and skills to manage, lead, coach, collaborate, and engage within the communities they serve.

Project Activities

  • Training
    During the first half of the day, participants will learn about topics essential to building a library-based literacy program using the primary textbook “Literacy Toolkit” developed by the Plainfield Public Library (PPL). Based on PPL’s successful adult literacy program model, the bootcamp’s lesson plan is designed in an interactive way with group assignments and exercises to optimize participants’ learning experience.
  • Guest speakers
    Depending on the topic(s) of the day, outside speakers on related topics will be invited to extend the participants’ learning opportunities.
  • Mentor-Mentee Connection
    Since graduation, many of the 2015 graduates have created or expanded their adult literacy programs using the knowledge and skills gained from the bootcamp training.  Their post-bootcamp experiences and knowledge not only offer rich real-life lessons to learn for new participants but by sharing creates a new mentorship opportunity as well. As part of the training, the two classes (2015 and 2018) will connect through a brief ‘lessons learned’ and/or ‘best practices’ session presented by a former participant(s) and Q&A.
  • Panel Discussion with Experienced Library Literacy Coordinators
    One training day will be dedicated to a panel discussion with librarian colleagues experienced in receiving and managing statewide and national grants specific to adult literacy. Possible topics include different models of partnership and engagement, funding and grant opportunities, useful resources, etc.

Date and Time  

2018 NJSL Literacy Boot Camp will take place on the following dates at the Plainfield Public Library (800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060):

  • Day 1: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (Kick-Off)
  • Day 2: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Day 3: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • Day 4: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Day 5: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (Graduation)


The program will run from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM each day

9:00-9:30           Sign-in, Breakfast, Welcome, Introduction

9:30-11:30          Training

11:45-12:00         Break

12:00-12:30        Training

12:30-1:00          Q&A/Wrap-up

Project Team

Mimi Lee of NJSL will be the project manager/primary contact and have oversight of the project. Scott Kuchinsky, Coordinator of Literacy Services of PPL will be the chief instructor and trainer for the project. Scott will also co-facilitate each session and provide technical assistance and guidance for project operations, management, and communication with the State Library.