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PALM BEACH COUNTY LIBRARY ADULT LITERACY PROJECT FALL /WINTER 2004 Hard Work – Not Magic Lite racy’s He lping Hands By Barbara Liberman By Kathleen Murphy When a student makes that big decision, Things are changing in Literacy with the addition of a “I‟m going to learn to read” or “I want to new Literacy Specialist, Susan Mosely. The pace at the read better”, the attitude is that by some Adult Literacy Project (ALP) is always hectic and varied magic it will happen and SOON they will be as we try to meet the needs of approximately five reading. Half of that is true. Yes, they will hundred students and volunteers. Susan‟s focus will be learn to read, but not by magic. It is hard work, to work with the Learner Leader Club whose members dedication and never won quickly. It will take several are our literacy students who meet for support and years. After all, those adults who did learn to read in the enrichment activities. Although she will be interviewing first grade were just beginning their reading journey and both students and volunteers, assessing the educational it took many years of successful schooling before needs of new students, and providing support to current achieving all the skills to make an intelligent reader. If tutors, as we all do, her primary area will be student one has never read before and starts in the basic enrichment. Susan will plan and present a series of materials, they are not going to read the newspaper at workshops designed for our student base. Also, she will that point. join Carol Weyhe as advisor to our Learner Leader Committee. This active group of students stands out for So let‟s meet a student and his tutor who demonstrate their “give-back” attitude of helping and motivating that only with hard work will success come. Patrick other students. Connors, a man of many skills and talents, husband and father of three mostly grown children, grew up in Our new AmeriCorps* member, Jennifer (Jen) Carson, Brooklyn and Richmond Hills in the Metropolitan New York arrived in September. She is actively recruiting students City area. School was never easy for Patrick. At age 16 to work on the Learning 100 computer program. Jen he left school, got a job at the A & P, and helped his teaches basic computer skills necessary to use this father around the house. At age 18, he qualified for a software and offers individualized instruction as well. union card and never had trouble finding work with the Any student, who is able to come to the Annex during Schaeffer Brewing Co. or day work making deliveries. the day, is encouraged to contact her and learn more Later at Brooklyn Automotive he learned transmission about the program. and auto body repair. During the Viet Nam years he served in Thailand working automotive and ammunition I hope that you enjoyed Norma Hendrickson‟s Tools of duty. In 1969 he was discharged from the Service. the Trade workshop. It was informative and fun. Wait During the next several years Patrick worked, married, and see what she has in store for you next year! began raising a family, and even lived in Texas for four years, where he received his high school diploma. Then Did you know that our Glades Literacy Specialist, Dawn in 1980 the Connors moved to Hicksville, Long Island Al-Buhaisi, received a scholarship? where two events helped shape his life. The first was that in his work for a home improvement company, he I had the opportunity to “hit the road” promoting the was sent to a business which made appara tus for Adult Literacy Project in the community and in various magicians which gave Patrick an inside understanding of branches. The Jupiter Branch Library staff gave me a how tricks were performed. The closer he worked with warm welcome and offered suggestions on how we could magicians the more he learned and soon, the magicians reach prospective students in their community. Jupiter were teaching him. Thanks to that experience, Patrick is neighborhoods are already peppered with ALP fliers and now a professional magician. bookmarks. ALP will become even more visible as we get out into community during the upcoming year. Although Patrick had received his diploma, he still couldn‟t read well. Then, at Hofstra University in Long I have also had the opportunity to join Hayden island, he underwent a series of tests that showed that Crutchfield, Eleanor Greenberg, Yves Joseph, and Rose his lack Wolf of Library Literacy Friends in accepting Wal-Mart See Patrick page 2 See Literacy page 2 Patrick con’t. from page 1 Literacy con’t. from page 1 of reading ability had nothing to do with his intelligence, grants. By the way, quite a few of our tutors wear many which tested above average. He was diagnosed with hats and promote the program in various ways. These dyslexia. Patrick worked with a disabilities specialist and hard-working volunteers often staff booths, make phone made steady progress. calls, write for the newsletters, and host Tutor Teas. Other volunteers are ProLiteracy Tutor Trainers. If you How did the Florida move come about? His wife chose to are interested in lending a helping hand, please call the move here, as her company was coming to Florida. It office. Norma is eager to talk to you about becoming a also gave them a chance to see his daughter who had tutor trainer! moved to Hollywood. In November of 2002, Patrick joined the Library‟s Adult Literacy Project and was Behind the scenes making us look more professional is matched with Lynn Joseph. Cindy McIntosh. She works wonders enhancing all sorts of materials with our logo and graphics. Cindy is What about Lynn? What drew this Brooklyn native to jo in responsible for the layout of this newsletter and our literacy? Lynn and her husband moved to Boca Raton student newsletter, Between Us. Just ask her; there after retirement. Although Lynn supports charities and seems to be no end to newsletters, handouts, thank you groups such as Aids, Cancer and Parkinson‟s societies, cards, and all sorts of mailings that keeps us in touch she doesn‟t care for organizational work, so the idea of with you. becoming a Literacy tutor appeale d to her. For several years she tutored in Boca where she worked with three My greatest thanks go to you… students. None lasted very long as the students dropped out for a variety of reasons. Then her tutoring days were over as she spent time with her ailing husband. After his death, Lynn moved to Boynton Beach and began Calendar of Events volunteering at Bethesda Hospital‟s Gift Shop because she didn‟t want to work with patients. In 2002 she ProLiteracy Tutor Training Workshop retook a tutor course to refresh herself and was on her January 11, 12, & 13, 2005 way. Lynn deserves credit for wanting to try again, which Okeechobee Boulevard Library shows she believes in the program because it is so 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. worthwhile and fulfilling, especially when the students apply themselves. And of course, that is what is Learner Leader Program happening with Patrick. January 11, 2005 Everyday Math When they began, Patrick started halfway through Skill Belle Glade Library Book 2 and in less than two years is now halfway through 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Skill Book 4, which he finds extremely difficult. One of his problems is hearing and reproducing correct sounds in Learner Leader Program common words. One of his successes is that he finally January 19, 2005 can pronounce the word „three‟, not „tree ‟. That‟s a huge Spell for Success step for him. Library Annex 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Both of them have nothing but praise for the program. Patrick is impressed with the professionalism and variety Unlocking Your Student’s History: of books. He knows he‟s making progress, both during Writing With and For your Student? his lessons and how it applies to his daily life. That January 20, 2005 includes writing checks and reading directions that come Library Annex with items that need to be put together. One of his 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. problems is fatigue during lessons, so Patrick psychs himself up to maintain his concentration. Lynn admires January 26, 2005 his perseverance, positive attitude, and his devotion to 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. his family and how he has overcome so many of life‟s obstacles. Patrick is grateful for Lynn‟s patience. Ins and Outs of Teaching Phonics February 23, 2005 They meet twice a week and Patrick comes to the Annex Library Annex for work on computer lessons, which help to reinforce the 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. regular lessons. March 2, 2005 Both have advice for others in the program. Patrick: 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. “It‟s the same as everything else in your life, like fishing, practice, practice, practice. Stay with it.” Lynn: “Be patient, stick with it.” She thinks it‟s a wonderful program. 2 Norma’s Corner Lite racy* AmeriCorps By Norma He ndric kson Hello! My name is Jennifer Carson, and I am the full time Literacy*AmeriCorps When you signed on to be a tutor in member here at the Adult Literacy the Library‟s Adult Literacy Project, Project. I came down to Florida from my many of you expressed a desire to home state of Massachusetts at the make a difference in someone‟s life. beginning of September, only to be greeted by A large majority of the students tell Hurricane Frances, followed shortly after by Hurricane us that you are doing just that when Jeanne. So much for fun in the sun! I volunteered with you meet week after week with your FEMA for a week at the Annex, as well as the rest of students and slowly but surely Florida, got back on their feet. improve their reading skills. I began working here at the Adult Literacy Project in The tutoring process should be fun and rewarding for you mid-September and have loved it since. My duties vary, as you work through the lessons and the drills. To really but mainly I assist students in the computer lab as they motivate the learner, getting out of the book and using work on the Learning 100 program. This program is a games and activities that you have created will make the wonderful supplement to the students‟ weekly sessions lessons more personal. With this in mind, I will be with their tutors. The program has a strong emphasis in presenting a series of workshops for tutors to help YOU vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension, stay motivated and to give you ideas that you can use reading fluency, and study skills. I also recruit and with your student. Our first workshop had tutors making assess new students for the computer, monitor student teaching aids in class and leaving with ideas and supplies progress, and develop supplemental lesson plans to for use at a later time. meet individualized needs. Another duty that I am excited about, is the new “Let‟s Read” program. In Future workshops are designed to help you meet your Thursday mornings students are encouraged to come student‟s needs in areas like accessing the health care and receive extra homework help, improve their skills, system. We will have a speaker and mate rials that ca or play games as they meet other students. I will also n be used in lessons. Find out what the experts tell us be helping out in many of the workshops the Adult about the different ways students learn and how to break Literacy Project puts on during the year. through to the person who has difficulty learning. My AmeriCorps experience has been amazing thus far. I Consider attending the workshop on techniques for graduated from Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH) teaching your student to w rite stories and journals. Many in 2004 with a BA in Psychology. I was not quite sure of our students have very interesting histories. What a exactly what career avenue I wanted to head down, so I great way to get to know your student and capture his or set out to determine what options lay before me. I her interest. They will certainly want to keep coming stumbled across the AmeriCorps web site and before I back to lessons if they are reading and writing about their knew it I was accepted into Literacy* AmeriCorps of own life stories. West Palm Beach! I told my friends and family of my new plans, and the most popular response was, “That‟s Make your lessons relevant. Teach your student useful great! What exactly is AmeriCorps?” After many life skills like filling out forms such as job applications and struggled attempts, I came up with the very simple medical forms. Show them how to read the fine print and answer of “It‟s the domestic Peace Corps.” useful information on bills. While members are serving our 1700 hours, we are Have you forgotten how you learned to read? Are you given a living stipend for housing, a health insurance having trouble teaching spelling and phonics lessons even plan, and childcare if needed. After completion of the with the Laubach Way to Reading instructions? Consider 1700 hours (10-12 months) in your area, AmeriCorps attending the workshop on this topic. alumni receive an education award of $4,725 to be used at institutions of higher education, or to repay student We encourage you to bring your successful techniques loans. and contribute to the group. A part of each workshop is social. Get to know your fellow tutors and give yourself a I received a week of diverse training to prepare for my chance to renew your skills and make new friends. Look year of tutoring with the Literacy Coa lition, along with a for the colorful fliers and call to sign up. workshop given by the Adult Literacy Project in the Laubach series. I will continue to attend workshops If you haven‟t seen a topic mentioned that you would like throughout the year to further my skills. Fourteen other to cover, please give me a call. I would love to see some Literacy*AmeriCorps members are scattered throughout of you again and to meet others for the first time. different Literacy sites in the county by the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition. We work Monday through Thursday assisting students, then on Fridays we come See Am eriCorps page 4 3 Honey on the Page Welcome Ne w Tutors! By Barbara Liberman Stephen Adams Kathy Lawson Your Adult Literacy Project has Maureen Barber Marilyn Lefkowitz recently become better. Why you Brian Berke Judith Logsdon ask? Because there has been an Paul Bodet Charlot Luinetti addition to the staff. Now Phita Bodet Susan McNeill Kathleen and Norma have some Mary Brandt Deborah Miller relief as they welcome Susan Mosely to the Allison Brown Raymond Morse Annex. Jennifer Carson Susan Mosely Let‟s meet her. She is a very bright, friendly, Brian Claycomb Ellen Moses enthusiastic and determined New York (Westchester James Clifton Harvey Nadel County) native and graduate of the University of Buffalo Betsy Conerly Jennifer Nelson with a Theater degree. Upon graduation she moved to Antonella D‟Eramo Carol Peckerman California seeking a Master‟s Degree in Theater. Kay Daddazio Nancy Rabain However, instead of gaining a degree, she gained a Trisha Dewey Akasia Ramlagan husband, who has remained her life‟s partner for 27 Cheryl Disalvo Gary Robinson years. Eventually an opportunity came to buy a tennis Eric Dworkin Ruth Roher club. And for several years Susan ran the club while her Polly Ebbs Al Salant husband kept his day job, until he retired and joined Allison Goldson Elaine Salant Susan in running the club full-time. Dorothy Gordon Shirley Saporito Jennifer Grandolph Charles Searle She was also involved with a semi-professional dance Sam Guagliardo Dorothy Searle group “Ivory” which had an African theme . This active, Michael Halpern Linda Sevran-Berke enjoyable life was ended with the decision to move to Bonnie Hammond Veera Sidhwa Palm Beach County to be close to Susan‟s elderly parents . Gaston Hannah Jeanne Stanfield Ellen Heckler Leona Stephenson So in the Fall of 1986 the Moselys became residents of Martha Hein William Stevenson Palm Beach County. Susan also held both part-time and Evelyn Horowitz Shirley Tainsky volunteer jobs with a variety of organizations, such as: William Horowitz Margaret Thomas office manager at Gymboree; writing curriculum for tutors Jethro Hurt, III Tobie Tishman at the Cariadad Center; and mentoring volunteers at the Sally Isham Mary Webster Roosevelt After School Program. Marilyn Jaffey Marilyn Weng Kathleen Kearney Richard Wengler People closest to her noted her obvious enthusiasm when Marcia Kelly Charlotte Winters sharing her educational experiences with them, and they realized that Susan had a talent for teaching. It didn‟t take much convincing then to go to FAU for a degree in elementary education, and after that, teaching at Kirklane Elementary where she worked with childre n at the lowest reading level encouraging them with her mother‟s early advice to “make the learning sweet, like it‟s honey on the page.” After seeing a video made by some of our New Learners who told how reading has changed their lives, she was brought to tears. Another gratifying experience for her is when she makes a successful match between a student and tutor. Am eriCorps con‟t. from page 3 Her advice to tutors? “Anything that‟s worthwhile takes together as a group to share our experiences, re ceive time and hard work, and is the „honey on the page.‟” You training, and plan for our twice a month Saturday know there will be helpful, creative solutions to your service projects. problems. For students she says, “Learning to read is learning a code, and once learned, you can do anything.” As my service year continues, I know I have made the Mighty profound advice. right choice to take a year and volunteer. My students are truly an inspiration. They work so very hard for a skill that I cannot even remember learning. Their stories of survival in a literate society continue to amaze me each and every day with each word they read, I become more and more proud of their accomplishments. I am not sure exactly where my future will lie when my service year ends in August, but for right now, I feel right at home. 4 Focus on the Glades Stude nt Expressions By Dawn Al-Buhaisi 9 th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival By Judy Camejo It has been my observation Glades Literacy Program that literacy students strive to “give back” to the community once they have experienced some degree of accomplishment in the program. I would like to I heard on TV about a great festival. I share the story of one Glades wondered what festival they were talking about and they learner who has provided her artistic services on several said, “It‟s a film festival.” My eyes opened big! I said to myself, “I have to go there, but how?” My tutor said, “I occasions for the children of the Glades. will go with you,‟ and so we went. Judy Camejo has been a participant in the Library‟s Adult Literacy Project for over a year. She has progressed I am so glad that I got the opportunity. The film festival through Laubach Way to Reading Skill Book 3 and is had many activities and we picked “Voice of Local Film,” a special one-night event spotlighting Palm Beach currently studying in Skill Book 4 with her tutor Barbara. Her career is to someday work in film, whether from a filmmakers. As I sat in the theater, I said to myself, “I want my film here too.” Filming and acting in my movie technical standpoint or as a scriptwriter. or directing other movies is what I like. That is my In July, the Belle Glade Branch of the Palm Beach County passion. At the festival, I heard that there were classes Library System had a health fair for the families living in starting soon at Palm Beach Film School. I hope to get the Glades. Several local organizations participate d in the opportunity to go there. I went with my tutor to their Open House and I learned a little about the the event including: Palm Beach County Health Department, Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, classes. We will learn to write, shoot, direct, and edit Supervisor of Elections, Life Source Services, Glades our own films! Medical Assistance Program, Family Empowerment, Sickle Cell Association of Palm Beach County, Belle Glade Police I want to learn to do what I love for a career. I am good at that. I know I am. I just have to have lots of Department, and the Solid Waste Authority. Judy volunteered to provide face painting for the children. She courage. I just have to find a director to trust in me like the story I read about Jamie Escalente, math teacher. was such a hit with the children that even after the event was over, the children kept coming. Other providers at He trusts in his students. the fair took notice of her ability and asked her to paint faces for the “National Night Out Against Crime” in I know I can be what I want to be if I work hard at it. August. Judy accepted and she painted faces for the I‟ll be where I want to be. I received a letter accepting me to Palm Beach Film School. library‟s booth. Since starting the program Judy has consistently offered to help whenever asked. She has bee n a literacy advocate who speaks to new tutors interested in the library‟s literacy program, as well as offering advice and assistance to new students entering the program. She has even written several articles for the literacy publications in addition to her regular studies. Judy‟s story is proof, that although the library‟s approach to tutoring begins with one-on-one interaction, the benefit The Learner Leaders and Library Literacy Friends sadly for families and communities is limitless . say goodbye to a true friend of adult literacy. Peggy McIntyre is returning to her hometown of Romulus, Michigan. She has served on the Friends board for nine years and was chairman of the Communications Committee and later worked with the New Learners. Her real-life job as a trainer at Goodwill tied in well with her work on outreach as well as with the New Learners. And who could forget her dynamic role as Mistress of Ceremonies for the Annual Recognition Meeting. Peggy, you‟ll be sorely missed and please stay warm up there in the cold north. 5 Looking For a Student? Susan’s Notebook By Susa n Mosely We have 14 students waiting for tutors. If you haven‟t heard from us in a while, It is wonderful to meet so many it‟s because your preference in libraries people who love to read and and/or hours does not coincide with our want to share this ability, as students‟ schedules. Please take a much as I do. I think of the moment and scan the location list below. Perhaps your letters and words as the keys availability or choice of library location has changed. In that unlock the treasure and any case, we would love to hear from you. that treasure is the comprehension of the mystery that unfolds on the page. Reading was always Libraries Students my favorite subject, as a student and at every grade level I taught. Belle Glade Greenacres 7 I find it refreshing to learn the various motivations of Main 3 adult learners. They understand how valuable reading Okeechobee 3 can be in their lives. One learner now uses a dictionary Royal Palm Beach 1 all the time because she wants to break the non-reading cycle for her kids. “I wouldn‟t trade my tutor for If you have a friend or relative who may be interested in nothing.” I‟m thrilled when a tutor tells me this volunteering, please encourage the individual to give us a experience is “very rewarding for me.” Or “I really have call. so much satisfaction!” They say, “You can‟t teach an old dog new tricks.” 649-5500 West Palm Beach Fortunately, we are not dogs. As human beings we can be a life-long learners. That keeps it interesting and 996-3453 Glades exciting. Happily I hold this philosophy because there has been a lot for me to learn and there‟s more to come. 1-888-780-5151 Toll Free Kathleen, Norma, and Cindy have been wonderful and I am quite proud to be a part of the Library‟s Adult Literacy Project. Each of us learns differently therefore I will be glad to discuss the different paths to tailor instruction for your student. There are wonderful resources available at the Library Annex and all are at your disposal. Contact Norma or Susan at 649-5500 and we will send materials to the library of your choice. We are very grateful for their generous donations to Merriam- Webster Online Library Literacy Friends, Inc.: Helene Augenblick Marcia Baptiste Celso Jimenez Barbara Segan There is a wonderful tool available at the touch of a Seymour Goldstein button (on the computer). You or your student can now look up the definition and pronunciation of any word. All you need to do is go to www.m-w.com. This will take you to the Merriam- Webster website. Follow these simple steps and have the pronunciation, spelling, and definition etc. of the word. Type any word in the online dictionary box Click on the Go button. This will take you to another page that will have the definition and pronunciation of the word. Click the speaker symbol you will hear the correct pronunciation. The next time you or your student are in the library give it a try. 6 7
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