Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: San Bernardino Co CA :: Waldo Co ME :: Brownsville TX

Highland Library program aims to improve adult literacy
Highland News:  4.20.2017

The San Bernardino County Library is pleased to provide adult literacy services to the Highland community.

The adult literacy program features individualized literacy services in one-on-one, confidential, student-centered sessions. The program is intended to equip participants with lifelong learning skills and prepare them for personal, family, career, and community success. Best of all – this program is absolutely free.

The adult literacy program at the Highland Branch Library is improving the quality of life for our residents and making a big difference in our community. The library is proud to offer a program that fosters confidence and enables our learners to pursue new opportunities for success.

If you or someone you know struggles with literacy, the Highland Library is here to help. For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system and the adult literacy program, visit or call the Hesperia Branch Library directly at (909) 425-4700.

Highland’s adult literacy program plays a key role in San Bernardino County’s Vision2Read program, which seeks to make literacy a reality for all residents of San Bernardino County.  READ MORE @

Literacy Volunteers host 30th anniversary celebration
Waldo Village Soup: 4.2102.017

Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County invites community members to help celebrate its 30th anniversary with a free buffet meal, documentary and speaker Thursday, May 4, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Waldo County Technical Center in Waldo.

The celebration will be an occasion for all who care about literacy to come together to reflect on the power and pleasure of reading — be it by gaining fluency and understanding with words, math problems, computer skills or the English language, according to a press release. In “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” this event will honor the organization's past 30 years — and the many years ahead — of creating opportunities for learning partners to come together.

The stories of what tutors and their learning partners discover together will be shared and celebrated through a video documentary. Guest speaker Mitch Littlefield will highlight the positive impact of a student-teacher relationship. Littlefield is the author of “Memories of Shucking Peas,” a collection of stories written because of the encouragement of a middle school English teacher.  READ MORE @

Brownsville Literacy Center works to help public
Brownsville Herald: 4.22.2017 by Kaila Contreras

For 30 years, the Brownsville Literacy Center has dedicated itself to improving the community’s literacy rate by offering courses and sometimes free tuition.

“Thirty years ago, Mary Yturria, Doug Hardy, Christie and Richard Burden and Raul Tijerina felt there was a need for an educational program to help the community, and what (the founders) did was conduct a survey via The Brownsville Herald,” Executive Director Victor Rivera said. “At the time they thought, ‘Let’s survey the community and see if there is a need for literacy.’”

Throughout the years, the literacy center has changed locations four times.

“We started to grow, we got more students and so we felt we needed to find a bigger location,” Rivera said.

The literacy center’s mission statement is to “promote literacy in the Brownsville area by providing appropriate and accessible educational programs designed to meet the needs of underserved adults and families.”

Some of the classes offered are English as Second Language, the Family Literacy Program and the Computer Skills Training Program.  READ MORE @

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