Sunday, December 22, 2013

Literacy: Spanning the U.S.

Literacy: Spanning the U.S.

Holiday Fund: Changing lives through literacy
Almanac News: 12.19.2013 Submitted by Roberta Roth, Literacy Outreach Specialist

You who are reading this article are presumably not finding it to be a challenge. Unfortunately, this is not true for 15 percent of the adults in San Mateo County. That is why Project Read-Menlo Park exists, to empower people with literacy skills for all areas of their lives, as workers, parents, community members, and lifelong learners.

Indeed, in these times it has never been more important to provide literacy services to those in our community who struggle with basic literacy. Reading and writing are fundamental skills for building better lives.

Those who are able to read and complete job applications, obtain a GED certificate, attend college, and otherwise comprehend the information associated with securing work will be most employable in our economy.

Our volunteer tutors are fundamental to the success of our program.

Patricia D'Larzelere, a tutor for 17 years, said: "I get to help someone become more comfortable with a language that I love. So with great courage, perhaps even desperate courage, they (the learners I've tutored) asked for help. And Project Read was there. And they inspire me so."  READ MORE !

Tutoring non-profit launches Faces of Literacy
Mercerspace: 12.10.2013

Mercer County residents are putting a face to the region’s literacy epidemic.

LiteracyVolunteers in Mercer County, which helps improve adult literacy in the county, launched its Faces of Literacy campaign in December.

According to LVMC board president, the fundraising campaign is designed to focus on the people involved in adult literacy in Mercer County.

“The 60,000 people in Mercer County who cannot read at a 5th grade level may seem like faceless strangers but we know they are many things,” Gordon said in a statement.

Faces of Literacy features residents who sought help from LVMC.  READ MORE !

Volunteers Promote English Literacy
Anton News: 12.19.2013 by George Haber

Growth in the number of non-English Speaking immigrants to the Jericho, Syosset and Woodbury communities means increasing activity for one of Long Island’s most immigrant-friendly organizations, Literacy Nassau.

For more than 45 years, Literacy Nassau, based in Freeport, has been helping native-born Americans and newcomers to America learn English and improve their fluency.

Every week, volunteer tutors—many retired school teachers—meet with their students, usually in local libraries, and help them master the nuances of the English language.

“We’re not out to turn our students into public speakers,” says Judy Resnick of Syosset, a trained speech pathologist who works with a Japanese-American mother of two in Syosset. “We just try to help them express themselves better and understand better so they can handle conversations with their children’s teachers, so they can ask directions, so they can talk to a doctor.”  READ MORE !

The Literacy Mayor who nixes the Library?
Chester City Blog: 12.13.2013 by Stefan Roots

One month ago tomorrow, Mayor John Linder was awarded a “Champion of Adult Literacy” by the Delaware County Literacy Council. One day ago, the Daily Times published an article stating that the Chester city budget will cut (another) $50,000 from the Crozer Library budget.

In the words of Sesame Street - “One of these things is not like the other.”

City Council would like for us to accept their weasel words of justification that $50,000 will be made up in new tax revenue to the library.

In the words of Cuba Gooding, Jr. - “Show me the money”.

With a library that is bursting at the seams with patrons during almost all of their hours of operation, and one of the only places in the city people can use the Internet for free, they deserve more money, not less. If anything, they need a 5,000 square foot expansion, not (another) $50,000 square thinking takeaway (in other words, let's think outside the box please).  READ MORE !

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