Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Kauai HI :: Canton IL :: Chicago IL

Literacy Works Partnership is focused on two key events:  READ MORE @

National Literacy & Library Events :: July 2017

National Literacy & Library Events :: July 2017

Literacy & Library Events & Conferences
- Local, California and National -
the Southern California Library Literacy Network
for more information

Jul 10+   Literacy Symposium 2017 CyberSpace
Jul 10+   Summer Literacy Institute Lesley Univ Cambridge MA
Jul 10+   Summer Literacy Institute Hamline School of Educ Saint Paul MN
Jul 10+   Summer Literacy Institute Longwood University Farmville VA
July 12+ Urban Librarians Partners Conference Philadelphia PA
July 13    Summer Learning Day
July 13    Scholastic Reading Summit Houston TX
July 15+ Autism Society National Conference Milwaukee WI
July 15    Wheatley Book Awards Columbia Univ NY
July 18    Scholastic Reading Summit Wash DC
July 20   Scholastic Reading Summit Seattle WA
July 28+ National Book Club Conference Atlanta GA
July 28+ Summer Children's Literature Institute Simmons College Boston MA
July 30+ Correction Education Assoc Conference San Antonio TX

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Greenwood Co SC :: Ardmore OK :: Williamson Co TN


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries

Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries
Pew Research Center: 6.21.2017 by Abigail Geiger

Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.

A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016 finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months. That compares with 45% of Gen Xers, 43% of Baby Boomers and 36% of those in the Silent Generation. (It is worth noting that the question wording specifically focused on use of public libraries, not on-campus academic libraries.)

All told, 46% of adults ages 18 and older say they used a public library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months – a share that is broadly consistent with Pew Research Center findings in recent years.

Members of the youngest adult generation are also more likely than their elders to have used library websites. About four-in-ten Millennials (41%) used a library website in the past 12 months, compared with 24% of Boomers. In all, 31% of adults used a library website in the past 12 months, which is similar to the percentage that reported using library websites in late 2015.  READ MORE @

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Plumas Co CA :: Berkshire Co MA :: Baltimore MD

Abandoned courts blossom with new purpose
Plumas News: 6.03.2017 by Victoria Metcalf

It’s easy to see why a good game of tennis hasn’t taken place on the Gansner Park courts for some time. Cracks are a good place for weeds to take hold, and the surface dips and buckles in various places. Dried leaves, not abandoned tennis balls line the parameter of the chain link fencing. Hopefully by late summer, rich crops of vegetables will have taken over.

Long disused tennis courts at Gansner Park are being repurposed — as family gardens.

Instead of black asphalt with grass and weeds growing between the cracks, this summer it will be a place where vegetables and fruit grow.

It’s definitely a case of out with the old and in with the new in more than one sense. When Plumas County Literacy abandoned its Garden Behind Bars program, it was time to move to a new location.

With permission from Plumas County Facilities Services Director Dony Sawchuk and a nod from Supervisor Lori Simpson, and of course the key to unlock the long unused gate, the new program began.

Last summer and fall, inmates began removing soil and disassembling raised boxes and a redwood greenhouse that took up the back portion of the Plumas County Sheriff’s Corrections Center. Originally, the task began when Plumas County Literacy was told that a large greenhouse was going to be installed. The greenhouse didn’t materialize, but the dirt and materials were piled for future use.

That first summer of Garden Behind Bars in 2013 was filled with plans and promises.

Thanks to a dedicated crew of inmates, including a former contractor who seemingly could build anything provided he had the wood and the tools — the program grew and grew. Inmates had the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of fresh tomatoes, salad greens and much more.

But then new programs, work opportunities, electronic monitoring and house arrest reduced the number of inmates available to work in the garden.  READ MORE @


David is also reveling in the independence his newfound literacy grants him. He’s no longer afraid of taking public transportation, and loves that he can find his way around on the bus or on the train. Learning to read and write has opened so many doors for him — both literally and spiritually.  WATCH VIDEO

Monday, June 19, 2017

Librarian of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate

Librarian of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-2018. Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season in September with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.

Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, succeeds Juan Felipe Herrera as Poet Laureate.

“It gives me great pleasure to appoint Tracy K. Smith, a poet of searching,” Hayden said. “Her work travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture. With directness and deftness, she contends with the heavens or plumbs our inner depths—all to better understand what makes us most human.”

“I am profoundly honored,” Smith said. “As someone who has been sustained by poems and poets, I understand the powerful and necessary role poetry can play in sustaining a rich inner life and fostering a mindful, empathic and resourceful culture. I am eager to share the good news of poetry with readers and future readers across this marvelously diverse country.”

Smith joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including Juan Felipe Herrera, Charles Wright, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Rita Dove.

The new Poet Laureate is the author of three books of poetry, including “Life on Mars” (2011), winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; “Duende” (2007), winner of the 2006 James Laughlin Award and the 2008 Essence Literary Award; and “The Body’s Question” (2003), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith is also the author of a memoir, “Ordinary Light” (2015), a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in nonfiction and selected as a notable book by the New York Times and the Washington Post.  READ MORE @

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Brunswick Co NC :: Watertown NY :: Wilmington NC

Health literacy, Job training and Financial literacy.  READ MORE @
Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) has been serving adults in this community for more than 30 years. We offer free assessment and instruction in both Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language.  We leverage the talents of dedicated volunteers to serve as one-on-one tutors and small-class instructors.  READ MORE @