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					NBPL Literacy Services 1000 Avocado, Newport Beach, CA 92660 949-717-3874 Spring 2010

                        A Publication of Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services

                 APRIL 30th 2010
         Please Join Us for the 3rd Annual                                                  JOIN THE FUN!!!!
                  Gift of Literacy
                     Luncheon                                                                 RUBY’S DINER
                                                                                             2305 E Coast Hwy.
The excitement grows over the Literacy Program’s third                                        Corona del Mar
annual fundraiser luncheon to be held April 30th at the
Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach featuring two well-known                                       MARCH 8-12
authors: María Amparo Escandòn and Sonia Nazario.
                                                                 Dine at Ruby's anytime, any meal, from March
María Amparo Escandòn is a best-selling bilingual
novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, film producer and    8 -12 to support Literacy Services. Ruby’s will
                 author of Esperanza’s Box of Saints, a          generously donate a portion of all food and non-
                 novel dealing with the universal fear of los-   alcoholic beverage sales, when accompanied
                 ing a child, and González & Daughter            with a flyer (that will be emailed to you shortly),
                 Trucking Co., a funny yet heart-wrenching       to the program. The more you eat, the more we
                 novel. You won’t want to miss this entertain-
                 ing and effusive woman’s presentation.          get. This is an easy and fun way to support to our
                                                                 program without feeling any pain -except from
                 Sonia Nazario is a projects reporter for the    drinking too many milkshakes.
                 Los Angeles Times and received the Pulit-
zer Prize for her articles about children venturing from Cen-
tral America to the United States to find their mothers. Now                2010 BOARD RETREAT
her book, Enrique’s Journey, relates the                      On January 23, the advisory board of NBPL Literacy
odyssey of a Honduran boy’s brave jour-
                                                              Services met for a retreat to discuss the program’s
ney via trains in just such a venture.
                                                                 strategic plan. Led by new officers, President Nancy
Sonia Nazario rode the same dangerous                            Thompson and Vice-President Amy Tan, the board
trains and documented her harrowing                              worked together to form an action plan for the new
experience, a replica of what the chil-                          year. The focus of this year is to increase awareness
dren endure. She is passionate about                             and visibility of Literacy Services in our community.
the cause of these children, and her tale                        Please contact the office with any suggestions that
will set your heart pounding.                                    you might have to “get the word out”.
You will be able to purchase their books and have them     Did you know?
sign your copies with a personal note. How often do you    Many companies offer community grants and match-
meet face to face incredible authors like these two women?
                                                             ing funds to non-profit organizations of their employ-
This fundraising event helps the Literacy Program continue ees choice. Bruce McKeag, a tutor and group leader,
its service to the community. So put April 30th on your cal- is a retired IBM employee. As a volunteer with Liter-
endar, buy your ticket now: $75 general admission, $100      acy Services, he was able to apply for a community
for a seating at the authors’ table.                         grant… which we received. Thanks to Bruce and
                                                             IBM for the new camera and materials that this grant
Friday April 30th will be an afternoon you won’t forget.
                                                             has enabled us to buy.


                                      “If you only do what you know you can do-
                                               You never do very much.
                                                    ~ Tom Krause ~
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     Pacific Life Foundation Supports Literacy           President’s Message:
In our difficult economy, it has become increasingly     Out of the Box Reading:
apparent that we need to seek support outside the
public sector. We are so grateful to the organizations   The holidays are long over, but if you are
that have responded to our needs with grants and do-     like me, you thought that the early months
nations.                                                 of the year would bring us little a quiet
                                                         time. Quiet time to do some of our favorite things can
On January 25, an awards ceremony was held for           be a luxury and certain activities often go by the way-
over 200 organizations that received grants from the     side during the busier months of the year. Reading is
Pacific Life Foundation. The grants ranged in size       one of my favorite things to do and there never seems to
from $2,500 to $100,000 totaling over $3.3 million to    be enough time to read all of the books on my list.
non profit organizations in Southern California. NBPL    In the past, I often selected the same type of book, gen-
Literacy Services is thrilled to have once again been    erally mysteries with a ‘should read’ business book
included in this group of recipient agencies.            thrown in to stay current. This year I am following a
                                                         different game plan – ‘reading outside of the box’. We
 NEW TUTORS                                              often hear the expression ‘let’s think outside of the box’
 We welcome our newest class of tutor training           when trying to problem solve. Since I have recently had
 graduates:                                              the time to join a book club, am now a member of the
                                                         Literacy Board and a tutor, I have been reading books
                                                         that I wouldn’t have ordinarily selected in the past. It
                                                         has been a wonderful new experience for me. Biogra-
                                                         phies, adventure, historical – all have opened new vistas
                                                         and brought genuine pleasure.
                                                         No matter what our level of experience, or time avail-
                                                         able, let’s all try to read ‘outside the box’ this year.
                                                         Book clubs are available through the Literacy program,
                                                         the library, and many other places in the community.
 Thank you for volunteering your time and talents.       Challenge a friend or family member to read something
                                                         new and discuss it together. Have fun and let’s open up
           Donations are always welcome                  our world together. I would love to know what you are
We are grateful for the community support that we        reading!
receive from local companies, foundations, organiza-
tions, and individuals whose donations have been         Nancy Thompson
helping the program continue to serve the literacy
needs of our community.

If you have any contacts who might be interested in      Did you know that you can “do good just by searching
supporting Literacy Services, please contact the of-     the internet and shopping online”? By using Good-
fice.                                                    Search when you search the internet, and GoodShop
      Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services     when you shop online, you can benefit Literacy Ser-
                   1000 Avocado Ave.                     vices by putting “Newport Beach Public Library Literacy
                Newport Beach, CA 92660                  Services” as the designated cause.
                     949.717.3874
     We are an IRS designated 501(c)(3) #93-1011706




       Tutors: Thank you for turning in your monthly report by the 3rd of each month!
Literally Speaking                                                                                                      Page 3

                  A Special Thank You                                        LEARNER’S CORNER
 It is always amazing how our tutors, learners and                   Reflect Your Appropriate Status by Yu Hamada
 volunteers step up to the plate when something
                                                                       Although being a member of a group is the fundamental
 needs to be done. Since Literacy Assistant Sarah
                                                             protocol in Japan, it is a social norm to reflect the speaker’s status
 Bailey left California in December, we have had so
                                                             toward the listener. Using the first-person pronoun appropriately
 much support from our tutors and learners. The of-
                                                             is one of those methods. Actually, there are many “I” words such
 fice would not have been able to function without all
 of their hard work and dedication. A special thanks         as “watashi,” “boku,” or “ore” in Japanese. These words can indi-
 to:                                                         cate a speaker’s status at once, so they are very useful; however, if
                              Beverly Canton                 you misuse them, the Japanese feel awkward.
                              Masako Fuchita                           For example, a young Australian whom I met a few years
                              Yana Newberg                   ago always used “ore.” I felt his phrase was awkward. Once I told
                            Johanna Van’t Hof                him about my concern and asked about his logic, he explained it
                               Mike Somogi                   simply: “watashi” is too formal in everyday conversation; “boku”
                                 MiSuk Son                   is a word using among boys; “ore” is a word among adult men.
                 I always wondered why                       Therefore, he thought “ore” was suitable. He said his Japanese
somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I   same-generation girlfriend suggested that he should use “ore”
                      was somebody.                          instead of “boku.” In fact, at that time, I instinctively felt he was
                      ~Lily Tomlin~                          being arrogant; nevertheless, I wasn’t able to describe my awk-
                                                             wardness clearly. I had been analyzing my thinking from time to
Learners:
Please share with us your stories, poems, recipes (along     time; finally I figured it out. My explanation is more complicated
with a short note about why the recipe is special to you),   than his; that is, “boku” indicates a speaker’s respect for the lis-
or other writings that we may include in an upcoming vol-    tener by presuming him younger or greener. For this reason, boys
ume of In Our Own Words or a future issue of “Literally      usually use it because they are technically young. However, “ore”
Speaking”, with your permission, of course.
                                                             implies that a male speaker is affiliated more personally with the
                                                             listener by gender, generation, or proximity. In that case, I shared
        LITERALLY SPEAKING                                   nothing with the Australian except age; therefore, “boku” was the
                                                             best choice. In Japanese, the younger people should reflect their
          Literally Speaking, the newsletter                 respect for older people in words; otherwise, they are impolite.
  of Literacy Services at the Newport Beach Public           Generally, “watashi” is a sensible choice for foreigners because I
  Library, is published quarterly and sponsored by           wouldn’t have felt any arrogance as long as he was using it, even
           corporate and private donations.
                                                             though it could be construed as less friendly.
             Literacy Advisory Board
                                                                  In conclusion, when speaking, the Japanese always consider
                Nancy Thompson, President
                 Amy Tan, Vice President
                                                               what status they are indicating toward the listener. It is not
              Carolyn Scheer, Past President                   enough being just a member of a group.
                Carol Hazelwood Secretary
                 Terry Buckley, Treasurer
            Afsaneh Taheri Pak, Student Liaison                                   Congratulations to our
                      Roman Darmer                                             learners who met their goals of:
                    Nancy Englebrecht
                       Cindy Keyes                            •   Passing the written driver’s license test
                   Eve-Marie Kuntzman
                       Gail McIntosh                          •   Speaking in front of a group
                     David Pyrzenski                          •   Beginning college classes
                       Mark Smalls                            •   Reading a book and wrote a report
                        Sandra Starr
                       Holly Wilson                           •   Becoming a certified pharmacy technician


 E-mail: literacy@newportbeachca.gov Web: www.newportliteracy.org Fax: 949.640.5681 Phone: 949.717.3874
                                                                              Newport Beach, CA 92660
                                                                              1000 Avocado Avenue
                                                                              Literacy Services
                                                                              Newport Beach Public Library


  Upcoming Literacy Dates/Events
  March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29              Mondays, 10:30 a.m.            Adult Learner Book Club
  March 2, 9, 16, 23                  Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m.           Adult Learner Discussion Class
  March 9                             Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.             Advisory Board Meeting
  March 3, 10, 17, 24                 Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.         Adult Learner Pronunciation Class
  March 3, 10, 17                     Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.          Adult Learner Beginning Writing Class
  March 1, 15                         Mondays, 6:30 p.m.             Adult Learner small talk, BIG TALK class
  March 8-12                                                         Ruby’s Week — see Flyer
  March 19                            Friday, 3:30 p.m.              Families for Literacy Program

  April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29              Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.           Adult Learner Conversation Class
  April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29              Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.          Adult Learner Life Skills Dialogs
  April 5,12,19, 26                   Mondays, 10:30 a.m.            Adult Learner Book Club
  April 5, 19                         Mondays, 6:30 p.m.             Adult Learner small talk, BIG TALK class
  April 6, 13, 20, 27                 Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m.           Adult Learner Discussion Class
  April 7, 14, 21, 28                 Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.         Adult Learner Pronunciation Class
  April 8                             Thursday 10:00 a.m.            Tutor Connection
  April 16                            Friday, 3:30 p.m.              Families for Literacy Program
  April 21                            Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.          New Learner Orientation
  April 30                            Friday, 11:30 a.m.             Gift of Literacy Luncheon

  May 3, 10, 17, 24                   Mondays, 10:30 a.m.            Adult Learner Book Club
  May 3, 17                           Mondays, 6:30 p.m.             Adult Learner small talk, BIG TALK class
  May 4, 11, 18, 25                   Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m.           Adult Learner Discussion Class
  May 4                               Wednesday, 10 A.M.             Tutor Orientation
  May 5, 12, 19, 26                   Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.         Adult Learner Pronunciation Class
  May 6,13, 20, 27                    Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.          Adult Learner Life Skills Dialogs
  May 6,13, 20, 27                    Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.           Adult Learner Conversation Class
  May 21                              Wednesday, 3;30 p.m.           Families For Literacy Program
  May 18, 25                          Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.          Tutor Training
  May 31                              Monday                         Library Closed
Note: All programs are held at the Central Library unless otherwise posted. For more details, contact the literacy
                      office at (949) 717-3874 or email us at literacy@newportbeachca.gov

				
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