University of Wisconsin–Madison

Student Group: Allied Drive Literacy Time

Fall 2019 Student Group Features

Take some time to check out our wonderful iSchool organizations to learn more about how our students are becoming better scholars and community members. Every two weeks we will be profiling a new student group so you can see how they contribute to the iSchool, prepare for their future careers, and have fun! Read the features and find out how you can support groups and participate!

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Allied Drive Literacy Time

Describe your student organization

Allied Drive Literacy Time is a literacy-based volunteer organization that connects UW-Madison students with the Allied Learning Center in Madison’s Allied-Dunn neighborhood. Because this neighborhood has limited access to library services, our organization brings monthly stories, songs, and activities to children attending the after school enrichment program. We also organize an annual (or biannual) book giveaway!

Our organization hopes to help develop literacy skills in young children by providing the opportunity for kids to engage with books and literacy-based activities in a fun, low-pressure environment.

How big is your group? How often do you meet and where?

The size of our group varies. Some volunteers participate once a year and some as often as every month. However, we strive to have at least 6 volunteers for each visit to the learning center. Each month, typically on a Monday afternoon, volunteers meet in the iSchool Library at Helen C. White and carpool to the Allied Learning Center.

How does your group work to prepare members for future careers in libraries?

Many library professionals will engage with children and families at some point in their careers, even if they don’t specialize in Youth Services! Through our organization, students gain valuable outreach skills with a limited time commitment. 

For students who are interested in careers working with children, Allied Drive Literacy Time provides a unique opportunity to plan and execute storytimes and other literacy-based programming.

Who are some of the organization’s leaders?

The current student leaders are Celia Egghart, Jessica Madey, and Lisa Mulcahy Wood. Dr. Allison Kaplan is the faculty leader of this organization.

Any events or meetings in the coming semester?

Join us for any or all of our 2019-2020 visits:

  • Fall 2019: 10/7, 11/4, 12/2
  • Spring 2020: 2/24, 3/23, 4/13

Feel free to add anything else you feel is important or fun about your student organization!

You don’t need to be a part of the iSchool to join! Any UW-Madison student, faculty, or staff member interested in working with children or gaining outreach experience is welcome to volunteer! Please reach out to for more information!