Sunday, August 20, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Collier Co FL :: Tyler TX :: Leesburg VA

Fostering literacy: Jail libraries provide books, education to inmates
Naples News: 8.03.2017 by Ashley Collins

Through the front doors of the Naples Jail Center and up the second floor past the sleeping quarters, a couple of inmates spend most days organizing thousands of books in a library-like room.

The inmate librarians — part of a workforce program with the Collier County Sheriff's Office — order the books on shelves based on the Dewey Decimal System and then administer them to other inmates, or library patrons, throughout the day.

The genres range from self-help, romance and mystery to best-sellers written by James Patterson and Stephen King.

"The library is one more aspect that helps educate inmates, but also gives them some normalcy from the outside world," said Tanya Williams, Collier County Public Library director.  

Since the 1980s, the Collier County Public Library has partnered with the Sheriff's Office to provide a library at both the Naples and Immokalee jail centers.  READ MORE @

The Graduating Father-Son Duo
ProLiteracy Blog: 8.03.2017 by Jennifer Paulding Student Stories

From playing catch and reeling in the biggest fish, to working on cars and cheering on sports teams together, there is a very special bond between a father and son. The bond between one father-son pair who inspired each other and worked together to achieve their dreams, however, is one for the books. Edmundo Fuentes and his son Levi Fuentes, took to the stage together to receive their GED diplomas Tuesday, May 16, in Tyler, Texas.

Edmundo went for a drive one day when he passed a billboard that displayed a message about the high dropout rate of high school students.  The message inspired him to research different ways he could get his GED, leading him to register for classes at Literacy Council of Tyler (LCOT). LCOT provides English Language Learning instruction, GED test preparation, higher education and vocational training, and more.

Edmundo convinced his son Levi, who dropped out of high school in his senior year, to enroll and take classes with him. While both worked full-time jobs during the day, they spent the last year taking night classes to prepare for the GED® test.  READ MORE @

Literacy Council Moves out of the Classroom and into the Workplace
Loudoun Now: 8.03.2017 by Danielle Nadler

Fabbioli Cellars was busy with employees hard at work on a recent afternoon. One man broke a sweat building a deck off the barrel cellar, while another chopped and neatly stacked wood, and a woman tidied up the tasting room in preparation for a weekend of thirsty visitors.

And at the far north end of the property, a language lesson unfolded beneath the shade of an Asian pear tree.

“What do you do with the pears?” Sarah Ali asked her students, 20-year-old Lupe and 25-year-old Arturo.

“Make…I don’t know how to say in English,” Arturo said.


“Yes,” Lupe confirmed.

“Excellent,” Ali said with a nod.

Similar scenes are playing out more and more throughout the county as part of Loudoun Literacy Council’s new teaching strategy to deliver language lessons to the workplace. The nonprofit organization started in 1980 to tutor recently arrived adult immigrants, and shortly after, it offered free or low-cost English courses in an effort to arm them with basic literacy skills. But it’s typically provided lessons to 10 to 20 students at a time in a classroom setting. Now, they’re finding there is a better way.

“It’s one thing to teach vocab in a room. It’s another thing to walk with them in their job—in their day-to-day environment,” said Ali, the organization’s new executive director.

Loudoun Literacy pairs a volunteer tutor with one or two students. They coordinate schedules and meet at the job site weekly. The tutors ask the students to walk them through their typical work day and explain each of their tasks in English.  READ MORE @

Saturday, August 19, 2017

International Literacy Day :: September 8

International Literacy Day :: September 8

This year, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. On 7 and 8 September, 2017 a special two-day event will be organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.

The 2017 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes awards ceremony will also take place to recognize and reward excellent literacy practices from around the world in connection with this year’s theme and as a key target in Sustainable Development Goal 4.

The international conference on ‘Literacy in a digital world’ and the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes Awards Ceremony will take place on 8 September 2017 at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France. The event, by invitation only, will gather participants from all regions in the world who are active in the field of education, policy-making, literacy and digital technology.

The objectives of the international conference will be:

To deepen understanding of what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate in a digital world and what this means for literacy teaching and learning;

To share and analyse promising practices with regard to policies, programmes, monitoring and evaluation as well as financing that advances literacy in a digital world;

To explore how digital technologies can support progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal 4, especially Target 4.6 on youth and adult literacy.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Tulare Co CA :: Wichita Falls TX :: Nevada

Tulare County Library Literacy honors tutors

The Tulare County Library’s Read to Succeed literacy program provided a luncheon Saturday for all their literacy tutors at 210 Café in Visalia.

Win Doyle, with the Tulare County Library, said the event was a ‘thank you’ for the generous commitment of time and knowledge that the tutors make to the learners in the literacy program.

“These wonderful individuals committed over 5,000 hours of their time,” Doyle said.New Literacy Manager Edward William expressed his and the staff’s gratitude for the work of the tutors.

“I’m familiar with the literacy programs in California,” William said. “This is one of the best programs I’ve seen and it is thanks to you amazing tutors.”
Doyle said the Literacy’s tutors come from all walks of life and share a common goal of teaching those in need. Doyle said many of the volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring to learners who lack functional and academic literacy skillsREAD MORE @


ESL In-Home Program's trained community volunteers teach one-on-one or in small groups of 2-5, providing the opportunity for students to progress comfortably at a fast pace through personalized attention. Students and tutors generally meet at the tutor's or student's home or at public sites at mutually convenient times for both.  READ MORE @

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Centerville MI :: Akron OH :: Newport News VA

Changing lives one page at a time
St. Joseph County Literacy Council offers free tutoring for adults
Three Rivers News: 7.28.2017 by Kate Kulwicki

Free literacy tutoring is being offered to adults in St. Joseph County.
The St. Joseph County Literacy Council was formed in 1986 and gained federal 501C3 nonprofit status in 2005.

John “JD” Yoder, executive director, said the organization’s main goal is to improve adult literacy in the county.

“The stats say that 11 percent of the St. Joseph County adult population does not know how to read,” Yoder said. “The main thing we do here is help those 18 years or older, who cannot read above a third grade level, learn to read.”

Ron Hooker, president, said any St. Joseph County adult resident can receive tutoring at any time of the year.

Hooker said the program tutored 70 adults last year, ranging from young adults to grandmothers.

“I tutored a grandmother who only wanted to learn how to read so she could read to her grandchildren,” he said.  READ MORE @

Peninsula Reads fights adult low-level literacy, teaches English
Daily Press: 7.31.2017 by Natalie Joseph

After closing the main building for a month, Peninsula Reads classes resumed Monday.

The adult literacy organization in Newport News serves about 350 people ages 18 and older in three programs annually.

The main building, at Fishing Point Drive in Newport News’ City Center, was closed to regroup and reorganize, said Executive Director Paula Bazemore. The organization typically only closes for the week during the July 4 holiday.

Students and tutors worked together one-on-one while the building was closed.

According to the most recent study by the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, more than 30,000 adults in the Virginia Peninsula have low-level reading skills. The study was released in 2003.

Since 1968, Peninsula Reads has been trying to decrease that number by focusing on adults so they can be better equipped for self sufficiency in their daily lives — including filling out job applications and teaching their children how to read.

“We are for adults who have nowhere else to go if they have low-level or no-level literacy skills,” Bazemore said. “If it weren’t for us, a lot of people wouldn’t have a resource. We are the place to go if you are starting over or starting from scratch.”  WATCH

Friday, August 11, 2017

EveryLibrary Speaking Tour

EveryLibrary Speaking Tour!
EveryLibrary: 8.08.2017 by pcsweeney

We are excited about traveling across the country in the next few months and speaking to librarians in dozens of states about building a better future for funding libraries through political organizing and action. Our webinars, keynotes, staff workshops, and panel discussions focus on training librarians to understand their political environment and how to influence local voters and politicians to support libraries to improve funding. The political strategy that we teach is based on data and research as well as practical experience from over 60 ballot campaigns in small towns and large cities and from our work organizing communities of library supporters against closures and defunding initiatives from local, state, and federal officials.

If you’d like more information about hiring EveryLibrary to speak at your event or training opportunities for your staff or to contact us for speaking engagements please visit us here.  READ MORE @

Thursday, August 10, 2017

5 Other Services Users Wish to Find in a Library (and how Libraries Offer Them) via princh

5 Other Services Users Wish to Find in a Library (and how Libraries Offer Them)
princh: 8.02.2017


As pointed out in part one of our blog post series, there are a few similarities in all the reports that focus on researching the library users and their needs (haven’t read it? You can find it here). We’ve presented the four basic services each library should offer nowadays and now we will continue with five other examples of services users wish to find in a library.

1. A café
2. Other public services
Partnering with a local public institution to offer a mix of community services or with an external organization
3. Better IT services
4. Mobile library
5. Library services in other locations

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Rowan Co NC :: Hastings NE :: San Antonio TX

Rowan County Literacy Council recognizes top tutors
Salisbury Post: 7.24.2017

Seven Rowan County Literacy Council volunteer tutors have logged more than 50 instructional hours since the beginning of the year.

“RCLC has an amazing group of volunteer tutors who are all so dedicated to their students’ success,” said program coordinator Laurel Harry.

“Within this group, we have seven exceptional tutors who have logged over 50 hours of one-on-one classroom time since the beginning of the year,” she said.

The seven are Gary Rash, Jennifer Welch, Anne Saunders, Don Doering, Ray Costello, Char Molrine and Irene Stewart.

Rash and Molrine have been the longest-serving tutors in the group having volunteered for over a decade each. Costello is the newest member of the group, having joined the council less than a year ago.

All of the tutors work with more than one student, and some meet their students several times per week.

“Our tutors really connect with their students,” said Harry. “They become friends, mentors, sounding boards, and motivational coaches all at once.  READ MORE @

Hard work, dedication recognized at GED graduation
Hastings Tribune: 7.26.2017 by Tony Herrman

“Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.”

Julia Sarmiento, who used that quote from Theodore Roosevelt in her speech during the General Educational Development commencement ceremony Thursday at the Central Community College-Hastings campus, said the quote sums up her journey pursuing her degree through the Hastings Literacy Program and CCC.

Sarmiento was one of seven recent GED graduates to participate in the commencement ceremony.

The 29-year-old Hastings woman, who is due with her third child next week, had to take a five-month break from the GED curriculum she began a year ago due to complications with her pregnancy.

She credited her husband and GED program staff for helping her through her course work, which she completed the last week of June.

“Now that I look back at the journey, I’m very grateful because there was always someone there to help me,” she said.

GED tests allow anyone over the age of 16 to demonstrate they have acquired a level of learning comparable to that high school graduates.

The GED battery includes four separate tests: Mathematical, language arts, social studies and science.

“Taking the GED is not an easy task,” Anne Cannon, GED Adult Education Coordinator and executive director of the Hastings Literacy Program, said in her introduction.  READ MORE @

One in four San Antonio adults is functionally illiterate
KENS5: 7.27.2017 by Priya Sridhar

According to the latest census, one in four adults in San Antonio reads at a fifth-grade level or lower, making them functionally illiterate. Out of the 77 largest cities in the United States, the Alamo City came in at 73rd when it comes to literacy.

Forty-nine year old Chadwick Fletcher reads at a fifth grade level.

"I felt like I was nothing. I felt so ashamed of myself," he said. "It was embarrassing because I had to ask people."

Literacy experts say often times a parent or caregiver's literacy level indicates the success their child has in school. Fletcher's mom was illiterate. He ended up dropping out of high school and then became homeless and hooked on drugs. A year ago, Fletcher decided to clean up his life and went to Each One Teach One, a San Antonio non-profit aimed at tackling adult literacy.  WATCH