Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Library Announces Literacy Award Winners

Library of Congress Blog: 9.23.2016 by Erin Allen

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards tonight at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala. The awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. The awards recognize groups doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need for the global community to unite in striving for universal literacy.



The awards are sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, who originated the awards program in January 2013. The winners were selected from among applicants in both the United States and abroad. They are:

David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000): WETA Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets was developed by WETA, a PBS member station, to provide resources and services for literacy providers, educators and parents. Reading Rockets disseminates all of its information and resources via its free website.

The American Prize ($50,000): Parent-Child Home Program
The Parent-Child Home Program develops school readiness in children with disadvantages by combining intensive home visits with weekly gifts of books and educational materials.

The International Prize ($50,000): Libraries Without Borders
Libraries Without Borders (LWB) supports community development in 20 countries around the world through the promotion of literacy. Each community’s needs are assessed and context-specific programs are developed to meet them.  READ MORE @

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rock the Vote :: Voter Registration


Recently turn 18? Maybe you want to change your party or your voter registration address? Make sure you are eligible to vote in this next election. Take a few minutes and complete the voter registration form so you can Rock the Vote!



2016 Election Information for your state

   Easy Voting Guides

The League of Women Voters provides Easy-to-Read Voter Guides in California and Maine.  Check the LWE website for guides in other states.

The National Disability Rights Network also has Easy-to-Read Voters Guides in Oregon and Maryland.  Check the NDRN website for guides in other states.

   Other Links

Ballotpedia
information about American politics and elections covering local, state and federal politics.
Can I Vote
information about U.S. elections in all 50 states, such as registration deadlines and guidelines regarding absentee voting.
a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States
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Voter Registration Day :: September 27

Voter Registration Day :: September 27

National Voter Registration Day is September 27, 2016 and hundreds of events are being planned across the nation. This page features a directory of all planned events so that future voters and those interested in volunteering can find local events near them. This page is also for partners to add their events to our National Voter Registration Day directory.

   Easy Voting Guides

The League of Women Voters provides Easy-to-Read Voter Guides in California and Maine.  Check the LWE website for guides in other states.

The National Disability Rights Network also has Easy-to-Read Voters Guides in Oregon and Maryland.  Check the NDRN website for guides in other states.

   Other Links

Ballotpedia
information about American politics and elections covering local, state and federal politics.
Can I Vote
information about U.S. elections in all 50 states, such as registration deadlines and guidelines regarding absentee voting.
a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States
A nonpartisan site displays tweets that were published and then deleted by local and national U.S. politicians and presidential candidates.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Durham NC :: Corpus Christi TX :: Petaluma CA

@durhamliteracy
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Last year, 96 adults completed the program, and a capacity of 84 are enrolled this fall. A waiting list has formed, but the odds of finding a spot are not great. While roughly 60 percent of similar students enrolled in community colleges get frustrated and drop out, Literacyworks had less than 10 percent drop out of its program last year. One was because the individual was hired for a job.  READ MORE @

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden :: C-Span

Interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
C-Span: 9.09.2016 Brian Lamb, Host C-SPAN



Carla Hayden, the new Librarian of Congress and the first woman and African American to hold the position, talked about her new role. The former chief executive of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library was confirmed by the Senate 74-18 on July 13, 2016.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Monterey Co CA :: Loudoun Co VA :: Harrison Co WV


How informal English classes help many county residents thrive.
Monterey County Weekly: 9.01.2016 by Marielle Argueza

On the bookshelf of a cramped back room at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, Noam Chomsky’s Hegemony and Survival stands alongside a well-worn Snow White picture book. Opposite the bookshelf, there is a break room setup on folding coffee tables, complete with a microwave, a bottle of Nestle creamer and Folger’s instant coffee. A constant and loud thud shakes thin walls as it rings out from the judo class next door.

Despite the noise and small space, Rachel Musgrove and Steven Silbert begin pulling chairs into place around a single rectangular table in the center of the room, which is angled toward a white dry-erase board. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s the setting for a free ESL class taught by students of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies TESOL program (teaching English to speakers of other languages).

Tonight, the volunteer teaching duo is Musgrove and Silbert. The students are native Spanish speakers, but unlike a formal classroom that’s divided by grade, age or comprehension, this is a drop-in class, offered to anyone who wants to improve their English skills.

The class begins with a sign-up sheet where students write just their first name. Musgrove and Silbert both watch their students eagerly – it’s a simple enough task, assuming students know the English alphabet and, at a basic level, how to read and write in their native tongue.

After the sign-in comes verbal introductions. Forty-five-year-old Gabriela Garcia begins saying in steady, thoughtful phrases: “My name is Gabriela. I live in Seaside. I like to cook and… ” She pauses, stares at the ceiling for a bit and then the word comes to her, “… exercise.”

Isaac Ruiz, 9, speeds through his introduction: “My name is Isaac and uh – mostly – uh, I like playing trumpet a lot.”

Then it’s 15-year-old Arturo Navarro’s turnREAD MORE @

As Loudoun’s immigrant population grows, so does the need for adult literacy educators
Loudoun Times: 9.02.2016 by Hannah Dellinger

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“During the program, we help them study for the citizenship test, which a lot of individuals have questions about,” she said. “We have seen a lot of our learners progress a lot and although it takes a long time to get to a certain point, seeing them reach milestones is a great feeling.”

Being able to communicate with doctors and school teachers and officials is important, and Literacy Volunteers help to make that possible with practice, she said.  READ MORE @

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Literacy – Spanning the US :: St. Lawrence Co NY :: Greene Co IN :: Birmingham AL


Literacy of Northern New York drops out of St. Lawrence County
Watertown Daily Times: 8.30.2016 by Larry Robinson

Literacy of Northern New York abruptly closed its office at the Potsdam Public Library on Monday, a move that shuttered the only literacy volunteer office operated by the organization in St. Lawrence County.

The news came abruptly Monday morning when Literacy of Northern New York Director Cecilia M. Brock showed up at the Potsdam Public Library to announce that there was no longer enough funding for the agency to help St. Lawrence County residents struggling to read and write on an adult level.

“It was a shock, I had no forewarning that this was going to happen,” said Maria D. Morrison, who served as program manager for Potsdam Public Library literacy office for the past year-and-a-half. “I had no idea that the program was going to be gone. My boss showed up at the office at 10 o’clock and said I’m really sorry to tell you this but the funding has been cut and we no longer can support St. Lawrence County.”

Literacy of Northern New York has maintained an office at the Potsdam Public Library since 2006.  READ MORE @


Those interested in becoming a tutor or volunteer are encouraged to attend and learn what the non-profit organization is about.
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