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 ~
Page 2 Program Newsletter
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.
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
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:
Cindy Keyes • Passing the written driver’s license test
Gail McIntosh • Speaking in front of a group
David Pyrzenski • Beginning college classes
Mark Smalls • Reading a book and wrote a report
Holly Wilson • Becoming a certified pharmacy technician
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.newportliteracy.org Fax: 949.640.5681 Phone: 949.717.3874
Newport Beach, CA 92660
1000 Avocado Avenue
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 email@example.com