Sunday, April 17, 2016

Literacy – Spanning the US: South Texas :: Kingsport TN :: Wayne Co PA :: Forsyth Co GA :: Hartford CT

South Texas Literacy Coalition announces Librarian’s Award Opportunity
The Monitor: 3.20.2016

The South Texas Literacy Coalition is actively seeking nominations for its 2016 Literacy Excellence for Librarians Award. The award is designed to recognize local librarians who go above and beyond the call of duty to promote literacy and literacy events in their libraries. Winners are selected from three librarian categories: public, school, and academic.

In the past winners have hosted on-line reading clubs, created a wonderful reading environment in the library where students come to relax in bean bag chairs to read during their lunch period, provided students with information on college access, hosted literacy fairs and family reading nights, invited celebrity readers to their library, used creative technology to inform students of current best-sellers at the students’ reading level and used technology to help students learn about research and the literacy skills needed at the college/university level.  READ MORE @

Literacy Council of Kingsport celebrating 30th anniversary
Times News: 3.20.2016 by Katherine Scoggins

It is a small, almost hidden, office on Commerce Street in Downtown Kingsport, located in a row of small storefronts and offices, down the street from the old Sobel’s. Even if you drive slowly, you might still miss it, but no worries, there’s a small sign near the door that reads “The Literacy Council of Kingsport.

But make no mistake about it, because even though it looks small and unassuming, great and powerful things go on behind this door. Its mission is both bold and commanding: “To provide tutoring for adults and qualified children to improve their reading and writing skills and to be an advocate for literacy within the Greater Kingsport community.” Their vision “to improve lives and a stronger community through the power of literacy” tells simply what it is that they do in this small office five days a week.

Since 1986, when the Council was organized, the mission has been fairly consistent over the years, though the methods of carrying out that mission have changed dramatically. Yes, tutors still teach individuals to read, but now the focus is primarily on adults of all ages. Adults? “Yes,” says Megan Miller, Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Kingsport (LCK) “because in America, 36 million adults over the age of 16 cannot read above a third-grade reading level. In Tennessee, 12 percent of adults over age 16 lack basic prose literacy levels. In Sullivan County, approximately 15,400 adults over age 16 have less than adequate literacy skills.” (Sources: 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 1992 National Adult Literacy Study.)  READ MORE @

School Board hears of video project
News Eagle: 3.21.2106 by Peter Becker, Managing Editor

Two students and their teacher were lauded by the Wallenpaupack School Board, March 14th, for a video they made to promote the work of the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program.

Colleen Edwards, the School District Career Coordinator, operates the Job Shadowing program which has provided many experiences for high school students. One of these is a Service Learning project, which resulted in the collaborative production of a two-minute video.

David Jackman, Video/Photography teacher, guided the process. Edwards had asked for students to become involved in the project. The Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program, a non-profit organization, was looking for assistance in creating a short video to document its tutors and students.

Brynn Wierbowski, a sophomore, volunteered, and was aided by fellow student, Zach Kiesendahl. They worked closely with Laurie A. Guzda, who is a board member on the Adult Literacy Program. The video, which was shown to the School Board, features Guzda speaking passionately about the work that the organization does, its importance and a little background to show how it came to beREAD MORE @

New collection at Forsyth libraries to target adults learning to read
Forsyth News: 3.23.2016 by Kayla Robins

Libraries in Forsyth County soon will have books available for checkout that target adults who are learning to read.

The adult emerging readers collection was made possible by a $2,500 donation to the Forsyth County Public Library from Literacy Forsyth, according to Anna Lyle, director of the four-branch library system.

The donation, which was unanimously approved during Monday’s library board meeting, initially calls for 166 items with catalog tags specifying the collection.

Of the total $1,500 was made in memory of the late Kathy Jolly, a longtime community activist who helped start Literacy Forsyth, which is a nonprofit that promotes adult education and language classes for adults learning English.  READ MORE @

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford: Helping people read and more
FOX 61: 3.23.2016

Right here in Hartford, 73 percent of adults are reading at or below a sixth grade reading level.  That’s about 92,000 people.  Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford is hoping to help those who can’t read, write or even speak English.  VIDEO

No comments: