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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center


Click here (PDF) to open the door to 38 terrific children's books read by our EDLS 207 Lab Students - Spring 2020.


Have you ever wondered what was taking place in the Sheard Literacy Center?
Depending on the time and day, you might witness students heading to an education class, teachers from area schools in the North Country heading upstairs for a professional development session, or young children racing from the bus to the Literacy Center to attend the community mentoring outreach program. The Literacy Center, with its varied approaches to improving literacy in the North Country, is quite complex. To discover the many genres of the Literacy Center, you must experience the history and current activity of the Center.

Looking for a book for class, to borrow or just to enjoy?  
Please visit our new online circulation system, TinyCat, and enter the book title in the search bar. TinyCat will let you know if the Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center has that book. Then, stop into the Center and sign out a book using your Literacy Center issued borrowing card.  

Note:  The Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center, due to limited faculty to oversee this circulation system, is only allowed to lend books to SUNY Potsdam student, faculty/staff and the children in our afterschool programs.  However, EVERYONE is welcome to use our literature within the Literacy Center.

The Literacy Center's mission is to provide literacy education to the greater Northern New York communities, resources and educational support for teachers and parents on issues of literacy education across the curriculum, and state-of-the-art classrooms for the School of Education faculty who teach literacy courses and other courses that integrate literacy into the curriculum. In addition, the Literacy Center houses and maintains partnerships with projects that promote leadership and research on current issues, pedagogy, and curriculum in literacy education.

The Center follows SUNY Potsdam's academic calendar. When classes are in session, the Center is open. Patrons of the Center are welcome Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m, and Sunday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Center may be used by appointment at other times. If you are interested in scheduling a time to use the Sheard Literacy Center, please contact Alicia Fefee at or (315) 267-2527 or Tina Wilson Bush at or (315) 267-3492.

Sheard Literacy Center
SUNY Potsdam
Satterlee Hall 104
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-2527

Mon - Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If you wish to use the Center other than the times listed, please contact Tina Bush at Thank you for your continued patronage.

“I really enjoyed the Literacy Center. They have some really great programs which allowed us to work one-on-one with local elementary school children.”

Elizabeth Hudson '15