Literacy Coalition grant to benefit Pecos Center students


OC Learning Resources Center Librarians and Technical Services Coordinators Robyn Millar (center left) and Mallory Sanchez (center right) accepted the $5,000 check from representatives of the Literacy Coalition of the Permian Basin.

The Odessa College Learning Resources Center recently received a $5,000 grant from the Literacy Coalition of the Permian Basin to build a graphic novel collection and purchase circulating Bluetooth keyboards for the OC Pecos Extension Center campus.

The graphic novel collection, a specific genre of full-length novels presented in a comic strip format of pictures and text, will be located at the Pecos campus.

“Graphic novels,” according to LRC Librarian and Technical Services Coordinator Robyn Millar, “are in high demand and are published for all age groups and reading levels. They are also highly engaging for the reader and are great for visual learners, readers at a beginning level of literacy and ESL students.”

Millar added, “Students who register at the Pecos campus qualify for a free tablet. The Bluetooth keyboards turn the tablets into mini-computers and make it easier for the students to complete their schoolwork. They will be available for students to borrow through the Pecos campus. “

The Literacy Coalition held a luncheon at Midland Shared Spaces to honor the grant recipients and present them with their checks.