Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Literacy – Spanning North America :: Nebraska :: Campbell River  BC :: Guilford Co NC

Nebraska’s Champions of Literature and Literacy to Be Honored
NC Compass Blog: 10.03.2016 by Tessa Terry

The Nebraska Center for the Book will present the 2016 Jane Geske Award to City Impact (Lincoln), Literacy Center for the Midlands (Omaha), and Platte Valley Literacy Association (Columbus) at the October 29 Celebration of Nebraska Books in downtown Lincoln. These organizations exemplify effectiveness and dedication to the cause of literacy in Nebraska. These three organizations are empowering Nebraskans through education, mentorship, and increased access to books and reading.

The Nebraska Center for the Book annually presents the Jane Geske Award to organizations, businesses, libraries, schools, associations, or other groups that have made an exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, bookselling, libraries, or Nebraska literature. The Jane Geske Award commemorates Geske’s passion for books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska. Jane Geske was the director of the Nebraska Library Commission, a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book, a Lincoln bookseller, and a long-time leader in Nebraska library and literary activities. The award is supported by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The Nebraska Center for the Book will also present the 2016 Mildred Bennett Award to Nebraska poets Twyla Hansen and Marjorie Saiser at the Celebration. Hansen and Saiser will be honored for their contributions to Nebraska writing and for their service in support of Nebraska’s writers and readers.  READ MORE @

Literacy association back in session, too
Campbell River Mirrorby Mike Davies

The children of Campbell River aren’t the only ones who have headed back to their classrooms after a summer break.

The volunteers and learners with the Campbell River Literacy Association (CRLA) are, as well.The CRLA held their welcome back pot luck last week for the learners and tutors of their various programs to meet up, have a meal and celebrate learning together in preparation of their academic year.

Executive director of CRLA, Kat Eddy, says the numbers are in from last year, and it would seem the need for the programs they offer is still increasing.

“Last year in adult literacy we helped 117 adults in their literacy needs, we saw 57 families through our Family Learning Program and our total volunteer hours were 2,749,” Eddy says, before welcoming another couple through the doors of the room at the Robron Centre across from their offices, where they held the welcome gathering last week.

Those are all increases over previous years, Eddy says.

“It’s amazing how many people are involved. The monetary value of that is over $100,000 – if you were to look at it that way – in volunteer time that people have given out of their lives to help others.  READ MORE @

If You Can Read, Volunteer With Reading Connections
WFMY: 10.05.2016 by Lauren Melvin

If you can read, you can volunteer! Just a few hours of your time can make a huge difference in some else's life.

Reading Connections, the largest community-based adult literacy agency in NC, provides free literacy services to adults in Guilford County who wish to improve their basic reading, writing, math, and English language skills through trained volunteers working as one-to-one tutors and small group instructors.

A free three-part training will be offered in October for those who wish to become volunteer tutors in High Point or Greensboro.

All sessions will be held at the High Point Public Library located at 901 N. Main Street.

The training will include an introduction to the agency, requirements for becoming a tutor or instructor, the four components of reading, working with different learning styles, lesson planning, and much more.

Around 1 in 5 adults in Guilford County – about 75,000 individuals – lack the basic skills to fill out a job application or read a children’s book. Another 25% cannot read at a high school level.

Adults with low literacy are more likely to be unemployed and to live in poverty. Reading Connections provides programs focused on basic reading and writing, math, GED preparation, essential employment readiness skills, basic computer use, family literacy, and English skills for speakers of other languages.  READ MORE @

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