July 2017 - Adult Basic Literacy

Program News


"Sections in the bookstore:
- Books You Haven't Read
- Books You Needn't Read
- Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
- Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
- Books You've Been Planning to Read for Ages
- Books You Want to Own So They'll Be Handy Just in Case
- Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
- Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
- Books Read Long Ago Which It's Now Time to Re-read
- Books You've Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It's Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them" 
~Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

I still hold the idea that summer means extra time for reading. I'm not sure why, but I still
this to be true. It hasn't actually been true since my childhood. I spent long afternoons in the public library downtown in my ongoing search for Books about Horses or People who Ride Them . Summer evenings in high school, I would read on the porch in the evenings while my dad listened to the Phillies on the radio and we ate ice cream. In college, summer breaks meant that I could read Books that Haven't Been Assigned . Or, as an English major, Books That Were Referred to in Other Books . In grad school, I spent summers reading Books I Heard About on NPR But Couldn't Read During the Semester .

There is still the fantasy of reading more in the summer, maybe on the beach, when in reality, those books lay on my chair while I play in the surf with my kids or lay on my chest as I doze in the sun, listening to the water. Books to Read on Vacation never actually get read on vacation.

When I found this quote (too long to include here in its entirety ), the passage made me and my daughter laugh, because we resonate with so many of these "categories" of books. Most of my Books Purchased on Impulse and Waiting to Be Read are packed in anticipation of moving. Just some favorites and a few Books Highly Recommended by Someone were left out for display.

This summer, I did indeed encounter Books Read Long Ago Which It's Now Time To Reread. I rediscovered one that had been recommended by my advisor in graduate school that had somehow managed not to get packed. I think it might be good material for a book discussion this summer.

Fortunately, the Books You've Always Pretended To Have Read And Now It's Time To Sit Down And Really Read Them are packed and therefore are causing no guilt. All of my Books that I Wish I Could Say I Have Read are also packed, because I was realistic enough to know this wasn't the summer to tackle those daunting tomes.

And now I really want to read Calvino's book that this quote came from. I think I'll add it to my list of Books to Read Next Summer.

Whatever category you tackle, enjoy your summer reading!

~ Edie

Basic Literacy Program Director
newsProgram News

Professional development!
We believe that we are all part of a community of learners. We believe in continuous improvement which requires learning from and with each other. The ABL program is expanding its Professional Development opportunities this year in hopes of engaging all of us -- staff, tutors, community members -- in ongoing learning. Options include:
  • Quarterly PD Parties (see below)
  • Observations and coaching of classes or 1:1 sessions (by request of any ABL staff person)
  • Book clubs and discussions--one in July, others TBD and by request!
  • Refresher training (4 cohorts per year; attend any or all sessions)
  • Workshops through Reading Seed--check their PD page for updates and offerings monthly
Save the Dates for our new quarterly PD Parties!
These events are scheduled on a Saturday morning each quarter of the upcoming year. We will provide time and space for collaborating with your peers, short workshops or facilitated discussion sessions, special events or speakers ... and LUNCH! Please RSVP for at least one of these sessions! 
  • Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 - 12:00 -- "Reconnect with ABL." Refresh your best practices and learn from other tutors.
  • Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 - 1:00 -- Keynote and discussions to reflect on relational power structures between tutors and their students
  • Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 - 1:00 -- Literacy Connects' Super Saturday mini-conference. 45-minute workshops with new techniques you can use with your students in your next session.
  • Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 - 12:30 -- Literacy and Language Learning: Tips and Ideas for Working with Adult Learners. Have you or your student gotten into a rut? Get new ideas and reminders of old ideas.
Summer Professional Development opportunities 
  • Cool Off with Cool Books--a series of book chats with Violet
    • Wednesdays in July from 3-4 pm at Literacy Connects. Click here to register for any or all of these sessions! 
  • Book Discussion--

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Help us recruit!
Literacy Connects has 3 AmeriCorps positions  available for 2017-2018! Read all the positions on our website. We are looking for great people to fill the following positions:
  • one 300-hour reading coach at Los Ninos Elementary
  • one 300-hour English Language tutor to work with adult learners
  • one 300-hour Basic Literacy tutor to work with adults
For more information, check out the   Arizona Serves website and scroll down to "AmeriCorps state positions."

City Council Primary Meet & Greet event
Literacy Connects and Pima County Interfaith Civic Education Organization ( PCICEO) are hosting a session to meet the candidates for the upcoming City Council elections. Help them learn about Literacy Connects. Share your stories and experiences.  Call 882-8006 to RSVP.
Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 pm at Literacy Connects. 

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