is Florida Adult and Family Literacy Month
Governor Bush recently issued a proclamation recognizing
September as Florida Adult and Family Literacy Month.
In the proclamation, Bush points out that more than twenty
percent of Florida’s adults experience literacy issues that
severely impact their lives and families, their ability to
work productively and their full participation as citizens
and residents of our state.
He encourages Floridians to learn more about the importance
of literacy and promote literacy in their communities; the
Governor also extends greetings and best wishes to all
observing this special occasion.
is International Literacy Day
The United Nations recognizes September 8th as
International Literacy Day. Begun in 1987, nations all
across the world come together to celebrate and promote
literacy. The U.N. estimates that around one fifth of
the world population is illiterate. In the U.S. alone,
30 million adults have below basic literacy skills.
International Literacy Day reminds us all to not only
celebrate the strides we’ve made in the struggle against
illiteracy, but how far we have left to go before we win.
The Florida Literacy Coalition thanks all the hard working
literacy programs that are celebrating and raising awareness
for literacy on September 8th and throughout the
entire month. Please support and attend your local
events so International Literacy Day and Adult and Family
Literacy month will be a success.
Supplement Available to Newspapers
The Newspaper Association of America Foundation, in
conjunction with the National Center for Family Literacy, is
offering its 18th annual Literacy Tabloid
Inspiration: New Generation.” It’s a 16 page
section that is adaptable to mix or match, or to add local
copy. The “LitTab” is free and comes in Quark,
InDesign or PDF via CD.
We encourage you to contact your local newspapers to run this
tabloid, and ask them to add local events and copy. As
September is Adult and Family Literacy month, and November
is Family Literacy month, newspapers can run the supplement
during the months of September or November.
Literacy Events in Florida:
County Libraries Literacy Program: Bee, Literacy and
September 6— Spelling Bee:
Brevard County Libraries Literacy Program will host a
spelling bee sponsored by the Space Coast Chapter of Florida
Public Relations Association.
September 7—Outreach: The BCLL will hold an outreach by
volunteers and students at all seventeen libraries in
September 8—Celebration Tea: The program will host a
celebration tea for students and tutors to celebrate their
twentieth anniversary as a library literacy program
Collier City Learning Library: Job Fair and Inspirational
Speaker: Veronica Daniels
September 11--Job and Career Fair: Businesses from the
local community will come to the
Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library and set up
booths at the library so that they can interview and place
people in available jobs. On that same day, the Youth
Services department is hosting a Career Day. They
invited guests from various careers to come out and speak
about their jobs: how they got the job and the educational
background they needed. The JMCC learning library
hopes that this will stress the need for good literacy
skills to youth.
September 20--“Let the Truth Be Told”: Veronica
Daniels, an inspirational speaker from the local community,
will present her life story to motivate, and inspire others
towards success. She will speak about how she was a
runaway teenager at the age of 14 and her life on the
streets. Eventually, Ms. Daniels overcame these
obstacles by first obtaining her GED, then her BA degree,
and later a Masters degree. She is currently a
teacher. The JMCC learning library hopes her speech
will motivate other learners who are still struggling to
obtain literacy skills.
County Literacy Council: 2006 Literacy Champion Awards
September 8--Mayor Randy Ewers will issue a proclamation for
Marion County announcing Literacy Awareness throughout the
county at this event.
Four local organizations will be recognized for their
contributions to the establishment and growth of the Marion
County Literacy Council. The 2006 recipients are as
follows: Star Banner: accepting Allen Parsons; CFCC:
accepting President Charles Dassance; Fox-51 TV: accepting
Station Manager Sandy Wagner; Silver Springs Rotary Club:
accepting President John Hunt, Bill Gilchrist
A special surprise award, the Frederick Douglass Literacy
Award will also be presented at the luncheon. Two MCLC
students, a Reader and an English Student of Other
Languages will speak about the impact MCLC tutors have made
in their lives.
Volunteers of Washington County, County Oaks Learning
Library: 20th Annual Celebration, Int’l Literacy
September 8—The County Oaks Learning Library branch of the
LVWC is proud to hold their 20th Annual
Anniversary Celebration on International Literacy Day.
Literacy Coalition: Hats Off to Reading!
September 8—Board Meeting, 8:00 am:
The Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition will have its
monthly board meeting at the Adult Education Center where
600 adults study daily. This change in location is in
honor of International Literacy Day.
Lawyers for Literacy, 9:00 am: The Literacy Coalition
board and Lawyers for Literacy will have refreshments
together. Then board members will be divided into
groups to go with attorneys to adult education classrooms
where the attorneys will talk with the adult classes about
the important of reading in their careers.
Luncheon, 12:00 pm: The Literacy Coalition is hosting a
luncheon around the theme, "Hats Off to Literacy." The
Coalition invited its partners and funders. Four local
mayors will speak about what their city is doing to promote
literacy and education.
L.E.A.D. (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade): UN Int’l
Literacy Day Seminars
September 8 and 9--Project
L.E.A.D., from the Miami-Dade Public Library System,
will host two seminars in honor of International Literacy
Day. The two seminars, Dyslexic Writer and Universal
Access and Assistive Technologies, will be conducted by Dr.
Christopher Lee. Dr. Lee is a renowned advocate,
author, speaker and leader in the field of learning
disabilities and adaptive technologies.
“The Dyslexic Writer” will discuss how a dyslexic writer can
cope with the education system through mentoring and
strategies and accommodations. “Universal Access and
Assistive Technologies” will discuss technologies that a
learning disabled student can use.
Regional Library: International Literacy Month Dinner
September 12-- The
Southwest Regional Library will host an international
themed covered dish dinner. SRL asks the participants
to bring a native food from their country.
Professor Sydney Albrecht of the Continuing Education
Department from Broward Community College is the guest
speaker; the library will also feature musical entertainment
by Bill Fritz and a literacy PowerPoint.