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Ex-Cop Tackles Literacy Decline in Appleton, WI

Don’t laugh when I tell you that 11 years of law enforcement experience with the City of Appleton helped me become a better public librarian. It’s true. When the director of the Appleton (WI) Public Library (APL) asked me to figure out how to reverse declining third grade reading scores in our community, I began an epic journey requiring a deep dive into my skill set as a cop, including investigative and problem-solving skills, cultural sensitivity, and a logical nature. Our target audience for improved scores was identified as Hmong and Hispanic families with children from age birth to five.