Sunday, November 15, 2015

Literacy – Spanning North America: Pittsburgh PA :: Naperville IL :: Invermere BC :: Contra Costa CA :: Monongalia & Preston Co's WV

Literacy campaign launches in Cranbrook
Daily Townsman: 10.02.2015

Community leaders and volunteers will join Black Press, Kootenay Savings Credit Union and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy on October 7th to raise awareness about the importance of literacy and to celebrate the power literacy has in Cranbrook.

The 5th Annual Reach a Reader campaign will raise funds for Cranbrook’s community-based literacy programs.

Why literacy? Statistics indicate that up to 45 per cent of BC’s adult population has difficulty with some daily living tasks - due in part to limited literacy skills. These include reading a newspaper, filling out an application form, reading a map, or understanding a lease.

“Literacy is not just the ability to read or write. People today must be able to fill out online materials, service agreements, job applications, and use social media,” says local Community Literacy Coordinator, Katherine Hough. “Through our Reach a Reader campaign, we hope to increase awareness of literacy needs in our community and raise funds to support the literacy programs and services available for children, families, adults, and seniors.”  READ  MORE!

Contra Costa Library's fundraiser helps adults with reading skills
Daily Democrat: 10.07.2015 by Janice De Jesus

Cheryl McKeon, Project Second Chance board and committee member, is especially excited about this year's fundraising event for the Contra Costa County Library's adult literacy program.

An avid reader, McKeon counts memoirs to be among her favorite reads, and she and fellow board members are hoping the public will join them for "Mending Lives: A Conversation with Bay Area Memoirists," to be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Walnut Creek Library's Oak View Room.

"I have a particular affinity for memoirs," said McKeon, who manages Book Passage at the Ferry Market Building in San Francisco. "This year we've seen a surge of Bay Area authors so we thought what a wonderful opportunity for us if they can come to present their books, and they were all willing to give their time."

The author panel this year includes San Francisco authors Katie Hafner, Jessica Fechtor, and Melissa Cistaro, who will be discussing their memoirs and how they overcame physical or emotional adversity, said McKeon, who has read all three books.

"All three faced major obstacles and overcame them, and are brave enough to share their experiences with the world," she said.

Memoirs, like all good stories, can be a source of personal inspiration and comfort to readers who may be experiencing or have experienced similar challenges to those described by the authors, said Jill Lorenz, Project Second Chance board member.  READ MORE !

LVMPC hosts ‘read-in’ at Woodburn Circle to raise awareness about illiteracy
The Daily Athenaeum: 10.08.2015 by Paige Czyzewski

On a college campus, illiteracy may not be a problem on the forefront of everyone’s mind, but in West Virginia, one in five citizens are illiterate, according to Ben Wasser, a West Virginia University strategic communications student.

Wednesday afternoon in Woodburn Circle, the Literacy Volunteers of Monongalia and Preston Counties held a "read-in" to raise awareness about West Virginia illiteracy and to highlight the importance of literacy. Wasser coordinated the event.

"Right now, the literacy level in West Virginia is (that) 20 percent of adults can’t read beyond a fourth grade reading level," Wasser said. "... It’s pretty upsetting."

Wasser and Alyssa Cantisani, another strategic communications student leading the project, paired with LVMPC this semester to assist with the Need to Read Literacy Awareness event.

The LVMPC, a non-profit organization, is the second- largest literacy advocate in West Virginia, Wasser said. It offers small group classes, writing workshops and a mobile library for towns in Monongalia and Preston Counties without access to such services.

Volunteers cover computing, financial and literacy skills, as well as provide one-on-one tutoring, English as a second language and a United States Citizenship Prep Course—all for free.  READ MORE !

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