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Kansas Masonic Literacy Center


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Literacy is the gateway to success in life. Literacy begins at birth and continues throughout adulthood. Literacy encompasses all modes of language: reading writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and visually representing. All six modes will be instrumental in the practices of the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center. Literacy develops through engagement and discussion; that is, meaning is paramount.

Service for Schools, Teachers, and Students

Comprehensive Plans for Target Schools

  • Books for children
  • Professional learning opportunities for educators
  • Family literacy programs

Partnership with the Masons of Kansas

  • Read with students
  • Host family literacy events in the community
  • Distribute books

Service for Families and Communities at the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center

Learning Experiences

  • Enrichment activities
  • Tutoring
  • Summer literacy camps

Literacy Events

  • National literacy events
  • Young author's conference
  • Guest authors
  • Published author's conference


  • Parent/caregiver workshops
  • Online resource sharing

Research for the Betterment of Literacy Development

Data Collection at Target Schools and the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center

  • Research opportunity for
    ESU faculty and other researchers
  • Use research to
    plan implementation of programs
    in schools and communities
  • Create archive of data
    for future researchers
    to analyze and publish
  • Study long-term effects
    of literacy interventions

KMLC and Dennis Kear was thanked at Logan Avenue Elementary School’s assembly in May 2019 for the resources provided by KMLC for the past two years. Each student was given a book for the summer.

Mailing Address

Kansas Masonic Literacy Center
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address

Kansas Masonic Literacy Center
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, Rm 113