International Literacy Day event Tuesday

by Ida Fay Winters, - GPLC Coordinator

Great Plains Literacy Council, along with other organizations across the world, will celebrate International Literacy Day on Tuesday, Sept. 8. A new project called “Breakthrough To Books” will provide copies of a particular book for tutors to read with literacy students as part of tutoring to provide opportunities for adults to experience the joys of reading for enjoyment and entertainment. This will be during September as part of Literacy Month in Oklahoma as proclaimed by Governor Mary Fallin.

All tutors are encouraged to come to the Altus Public Library on Tuesday anytime from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to talk to the literacy staff about the procedures, book check out, and discussion questions and vocabulary. Then in October an adult learner book club will be held for adult learners and tutors to meet for a discussion about the book.

The themes of the book are racism, beating the odds, determination, and literacy. As an incentive, Robert and Judy Hu have provided fortune cookies to be provided weekly during the book readings. Thinking, writing, conversation and listening skills will be part of the benefits for this use of book reading in addition to their use of workbooks and teaching sessions. Certificates of completion will be awarded to all learners involved with “Breakthrough To Books.”

The Literacy Resource Office at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries provided the selected books funded through a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Fortunately in 1985, the Southern Prairie Library System formed a non-profit literacy organization to identify these needs in Jackson County and Harmon County. Out of that initiative was born the Great Plains Literacy Council in which the literacy services were developed through the years. This organization has promoted literacy every day since 1985, not just on Sept. 8.

by Ida Fay Winters,

GPLC Coordinator

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