Saturday, December 15, 2018

8 ways libraries impact the life of newcomers (with true stories) via Princh

8 ways libraries impact the life of newcomers (with true stories)
Princh: 10.12.2018 by Erika Naud

There are numerous reasons why a person would choose to move to another country. It could be to study or work abroad, to follow a spouse, or to experience something new. No matter the reason, expats will always need to adapt to their new country, and this period of transition can sometimes be tough.

An article on the Digital Public Library mentions that “immigrating to a new country is a daunting and complicated task. You are surrounded by new customs, new people, possibly a new language, and paperwork”. Word is that for a lot of expats, libraries can help a great deal in adapting to a new country. Indeed, by identifying newcomers as a different segment of the community and personalizing the communications to them, libraries can impact the life of newcomers in many ways.

In this blog post, a few expats around the world share their experience on how the library helped them adapt to their new life. We will also present 8 different activities that libraries are offering or can offer to help expats in their everyday life.

1. Access to a wide range of books
2. Info about the city and the library
3. Access to language classes
4. Activities for children

Friday, December 14, 2018

Adult Literacy Efforts Make a Real Difference in Impoverished Areas of USA via WOUB

Adult Literacy Efforts Make a Real Difference in Impoverished Areas of USA
WOUB: 12.12.2018

Although much of this country’s educational focus is on P-12 grades, adult education cannot be ignored and adult literacy education is proven to be valuable in breaking links to poverty and improving job possibilities for those who participate.

Adult literacy education improves a student’s abilities and possibilities across a lifespan.
Recently, the Patton College of Education at Ohio University became the first four year institution in Ohio to receive a special Aspire Grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to address adult literacy needs.
It has been called the first “GED to Ph.D. program” by John Carey, Chancellor of the Department of Higher Education.
The new program provides research opportunities for faculty and student engagement opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students as well as educational opportunities for a large part of the region’s citizenry.

The new program “will show the power of adult instruction in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving and have a positive impact on people’s lives in our region,” says Julie Barnhart Frances, the director of the Stevens Literacy Center within the Patton College of Education.  LISTEN 39:46

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Growing up in a House Full of Books is Major Boost to Literacy and Numeracy via The Guardian

Growing up in a house full of books is major boost to literacy and numeracy, study finds
Research data from 160,000 adults in 31 countries concludes that a sizeable home library gave teen school leavers skills equivalent to university graduates who didn’t read
The Guardian: 10.10.2018 by Alison Flood

Growing up in a home packed with books has a large effect on literacy in later life – but a home library needs to contain at least 80 books to be effective, according to new research.

Led by Dr Joanna Sikora of Australian National University, academics analysed data from more than 160,000 adults, from 31 different countries, who took part in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies between 2011 and 2015. All participants were asked how many books there were in their homes when they were 16 – they were told that one metre of shelving was equivalent to around 40 books – and went through literacy, numeracy and information communication technology (ICT) tests to gauge their abilities.

While the average number of books in a home library differed from country to country – from 27 in Turkey to 143 in the UK and 218 in Estonia – “the total effects of home library size on literacy are large everywhere”, write Sikora and her colleagues in the paper, titled Scholarly Culture: How Books in Adolescence Enhance Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Technology Skills in 31 Societies. The paper has just been published in the journal Social Science Research.

“Adolescent exposure to books is an integral part of social practices that foster long-term cognitive competencies spanning literacy, numeracy and ICT skills,” they write. =“Growing up with home libraries boosts adult skills in these areas beyond the benefits accrued from parental education or own educational or occupational attainment.”  READ MORE >>

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Williamson Co TX :: Tallapoosa Co AL :: State College PA

Literacy: Spanning the U.S.     

Literacy Council of Williamson County serves around 700 students a year
Community Impact: 11.22.2018 by Albert Alvarado

For the Literacy Council of Williamson County the mission is simple: engage, empower, employ.

Whether it is helping people with limited English skills get into a nursing program, helping them pass state assessments or offering them education support, the LCWC works to help people succeed and lead better lives.

“What we hope to do is go out and find the students, the adults that are in our communities that need an extra boost,” LCWC Executive Director Kimberly Goode said. =“They are usually living in poverty; our students are undereducated and unemployed or underemployed. Whether they come to us for GED, vocational training or [English as a second language], it’s our job to make sure we provide the literacy tools needed to take their lives to the next level.”

LCWC serves approximately 700 students each year with seven paid full- and part-time staff along with a team of 70 active volunteers. The council offers both formal classes and in-home lessons. The organization currently offers ESL, GED and high school equivalency, adult basic education and vocational training at multiple sites throughout Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Hutto, Taylor and Bartlett.  READ MORE >>

Literacy council provides adults with key skill
Alex City Outlook: 11.23.2018 by Donald Campbell

“Sue” was 15 years old when she dropped out of school, as she was pregnant and married soon after. School never came easy to her, and after failing two grades she became embarrassed to fall that far behind.

While Sue has been successful in raising a family of three children, as well as her younger sister, her inability to read has always been something she has tried to hide.

For Sue and many others like her in the Alexander City area, there is a place ready and willing to help them gain the gift of literacy.

Organized in 1986 and currently under the leadership of director Rita Cream, the Laubach Literacy Council tutors adults who currently read below a fifth-grade level or whose primary language is not English at least once a week for three hours. Tutors meet with their students one-on-one, giving those receiving help the highly focused attention they need in order to better succeed.

With an illiteracy rate of 27 percent in Tallapoosa County, having the Laubach Literacy Council ready to serve those in need is invaluable.  READ MORE >>

Mid-State Literacy Council has array of programs for community members
Centre Daily: 11.26.2018 by Amy Wilson

To be fully literate in today’s complex society, a person must be able to read, write, do math and use a computer.

As a child she was sick often and fell behind in school. A deep hopelessness overcame her as a young adult until her sister told her about the Mid-State Literacy Council. In her 20s, she began to learn to read better while working with trained volunteer tutors. Equipped with stronger reading and computer skills, she obtained her driver’s license, and said she felt normal and included in her peer group. With increased confidence she applied on-line for her first job, interviewed and began working part time. To promote to full-time work with benefits or enter a training program, she continues to work with her tutors to improve her reading, math and writing skills. She’s beginning to dream of possibilities, such as helping others in the health care profession.

Our dream is that no one lacks literacy so that everyone can access a life of safety, realized goals and community participation.

In 1971, community members led by Ruth Kistler — who recently celebrated her 95th birthday — established Mid-State Literacy Council. Currently, 200 trained volunteers are teaching young adults and adults through Mid-State Literacy Council. Both parents and children are benefiting. Supporters of literacy are donating books and funds to our children’s book drive for children who don’t have books at home. Over time, the summer learning slide can add up to the equivalent of three years of reading loss by the end of fifth grade.  READ MORE >>


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

How Picture Books Play a Role in a Child’s Development via Children’s Book Review:

How Picture Books Play a Role in a Child’s Development
Children’s Book Review:  11.06.2010 by Lori Calabrese

We all want what’s best for our kids and like the Army commercial, we want them to be all they can be. But parents can often succumb to the pressures of society and other parents to compete. That’s why some parents buy everything imaginable to get their baby to read, they enroll their children in the most expensive preschools, and even skip picture books and encourage their children to move on to more text-heavy chapter books as a means to advance their skills for rigorous standardized testing.

It’s not a new issue, but it was recently brought back to the forefront by the NY Times Article, “Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children.” The article sadly reports that “The picture book, a mainstay of children’s literature with its lavish illustrations, cheerful colors and large print wrapped in a glossy jacket, has been fading.” Although the article reports that staples from Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss still sell, publishers have scaled back the number of titles. Citing the economic downturn as a major factor, the article points out that many in the industry see an additional reason—parents.

But while these parents are pushing their kids to be on top of the game, they don’t realize that the intensive coaching can be counterproductive and they’re missing out on an important genre, critical in the role of a child’s development—picture books.

So why are picture books important?

10. Chapter books are not necessarily more complex than picture books and in fact, their vocabulary and sentence structure can be considered simplistic when compared with older level picture books.

9. The illustrations of a picture book help children understand what they are reading and allow young readers to analyze the story.

8. Children love art. Why do you think they spend so much time coloring, drawing and doing crafts?

7. Language:  Picture books allow children to practice the sounds of language and as parents it’s our responsibility to introduce new and interesting words at every opportunity.  READ MORE >>

Monday, December 10, 2018

5 Ways Education Can Save Lives via Global Partnership:

5 Ways Education Can Save Lives

Better educated people are much less vulnerable to health risks, and when mothers in particular are educated they are more likely to make healthier 
choices for themselves and their children.

➧ Reduces Child Mortality
➧ Improves Nutrition And Reduces Stunting
➧ Improves Maternal Health
➧ Combats Lift-threatening Diseases
➧ Leads to Healthy Choices

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Monterey Co CA :: Muskegon MI :: Madison WI :: Solana Beach CA

Literacy: Spanning the U.S.     

Literacy can change your life
Monterey Herald: 11.19.2018 by Mary Jeanne Vincent

If you are reading this column, count yourself among the lucky adults in the United States who can read and write. According to the website, 36 million adults in the U.S. cannot read, write or do basic math above a third-grade level.

If you can read and write, why should you care about others who cannot? Because low literacy costs the U.S. $225 billion annually in workforce non-productivity, loss of tax revenue due to unemployment and crime. In addition, there are another $232 billion in health care costs linked to low adult literacy skills.

In Monterey County, 25 percent of the adult population reads below the fourth-grade level, 43 percent of the people with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty and 70 percent have no full or part-time job.

The cost of illiteracy is often hidden and yet every important social issue is impacted by it. When individuals learn to read, write and do basic math they find their voice, lift themselves out of poverty and find sustainable employment. They are also far less likely to land in state prison; approximately 75 percent of state prison inmates have not completed high school or can be classified as low literate.

It may surprise you to learn that of 197 nations worldwide, 26 boast a literacy rate of 99-plus percent. Sadly, the United States ranks 125th with just 86 percent of our population able to read, write and do basic math.

Fortunately, Monterey County Free Libraries is doing its part to combat this problem. They offer an adult literacy training program that is fueled by community volunteers.  READ MORE >>

73-Year-Old Family Role Model Learns to Read
ProLiteracy: 11.21.2018 by Jennifer Vecchiarelli in Student Stories

This inspirational student story was submitted for the ProLiteracy Hero contest by Melissa Moore, President at Read Muskegon. Read Muskegon is a great program in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, that provides customized curricula that meet the unique needs of its learners, and builds community partnerships to enhance its impact in the field.

Bennie’s Story

Bennie first came to Read Muskegon at the age of 72 after he was referred to us by a local GED program. Bennie’s reading level was too low to be able to participate and they felt he may never be able to learn to read. When we gave him the TABE test, he scored a zero. Despite that, he was determined to learn and was committed to meeting with his tutor twice a week. Over the last year, through freezing winter weather and health challenges, he rarely missed a session.

Literacy Network Lands Biggest Grant Ever; Will Fund Adult Education on South Side
Madison 365: 11.21.2018 by L. Malik Anderson

On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Literacy Network announced the largest donation given to the organization in their 44-year history, which will go towards expanding adult educational programming at Madison College’s new South Madison campus, set to open in the fall of 2019.

“We’ve been in partnership with Literacy Network for some time, we’ve really enjoyed that partnership,” Madison College President Jack Daniels III said.

Over the next three years, the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation will give the organization $300,000 to help adult English language learners complete their degrees and certificates at Madison College. Literacy Network Executive Director Jeff Burkhart said this donation will allow the organization to increase its capacity to serve 150 more students.

“We’re going to increase the number of classes available to our students,” he said.

The new direction of Literacy Network’s programming represents a new collaborative effort to serve the South Madison community.

According to Literacy Network, students in their academic tutoring program over a two-year period at Madison College demonstrated a 304 percent increase in test scores. Twenty one percent were more likely to enroll in an additional semester than those without tutoring.  READ MORE >>

Nonprofit aims to help local immigrants become citizens
Coast News: 11.21.2018 by Lexy Brodt

Angel Nava, 63, has the 100 civics questions on the U.S. citizenship test down pat.

Every Wednesday night, the 45-year Encinitas resident attends a citizenship tutoring event hosted by the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center (NCICC), a nonprofit that focuses on helping local immigrants obtain citizenship.

Nava, who studies the cards assiduously both at home and during the events, started attending the classes five months ago. His primary reason? To be able to vote.

And Nava is not alone — he is just one of many students served by the nonprofit, which was founded in 2012 by a group of local churchgoers at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church.

Stephen Carlton — a former educator and one of five founding board members — first recognized a need for immigrant educational services in 2008, when he was working as a tutor at Casa de Amistad, a learning center in Solana Beach. He remembers seeing groups of parents milling around outside, conversing in Spanish and waiting for their children.

“I began to really be burdened by the fact that we were working with the students, but who is addressing the needs of the adults, the parents?” Carlton said.

Carlton and several others jumpstarted what was termed the Adult Literacy Academy. Fulfilling the need for adult education among immigrants in the community — particularly those living in the Hispanic pockets of North County such as La Colonia de Eden Park — spurred a realization that the community’s needs went far beyond language learning.

Its initial mission to educate soon materialized into a widely inclusive objective: to serve the immigrant community in North County.  READ MORE >>

: Spanning the U.S.