Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Project Read Opens in New Location

Project Read is now open for business
 in its new location:

Main Library - 5th Floor, the Bridge at Main 
literacy and learning center.

New Hours:  
Monday - 10:00 to 6:00
Tuesday through Thursday - 9:00 to 8:00
Friday - 12:00 to 6:00 and
Saturday - 10:00 to 6:00

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Voting Preparation Workshop for Project Read Learners

Presented by San Francisco Department of Elections Staff

Be prepared for the General Election on November 4.

  • Learn more about what’s on the ballot. 
  • Find out where, when, and how you can vote.
  • Complete your voter registration in                                   time for Election Day.
Wednesday, October 15
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Main Library - 1st Floor Conference Room (Stong Room.)
Please call (415) 557-4388 if you plan to attend.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Project Read is Moving on Up.

As you may know, this fall Project Read will be moving to our new location on the 5th floor. We are looking forward to the new instructional opportunities that the new space will allow. The new center will be opening in mid to late October. Here’s some important information that will be helpful during this period of transition: 

  • In order to facilitate the move, Project Read will be closing our current office as of 5:00 PM on Friday, September 5.
  • Between September 6 and the opening of the new learning center, meeting space will be available in study rooms on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors, and at specially designated tables set-up on the 6th floor. These tables will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • If you and your learner have a set regular schedule and would like to reserve one of the glass study rooms on levels 3, 4, or 5, please contact Susan Fink (415-557-4388) for assistance.
  • Beginning on Monday, September 15, the Project Read staff will be temporarily located on the 6th floor of the library. You can reach us through email or by phone.
  • Drop-in Math classes will continue to be held on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00. We will let you know about the location of these classes.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We will try to make this period of transition as easy as possible as we look forward to our exciting new space on the 5th floor.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Workshop for Learners, Tutors, and Families

 Digital Digi-pals

Join Brian and our friendly team of techno-teens for help with your cell phone, tablet, laptop or other device. If you bring it in, we’ll try to figure it out!
Some tasty snacks will be served.

Tuesday, August 12
6:00 - 7:30

Project Read Office and Computer Lab

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Join Your Fellow Tutors at an Upcoming Roundtable

Project Read's monthly Tutor Roundtable meetings are an opportunity for volunteers to engage in an open and rewarding discussion with other tutors and Project Read staff. At these informal meetings, you'll be able to share your success stories and offer encouragement to your fellow tutors. You will also pick-up some fresh instructional strategies to enhance your tutoring skills. And of course, we will provide some tasty pizza and drinks to support the conversation. 

Here are upcoming Tutor Roundtable dates for the last few months of 2014. These meetings will be held in the Conference Room of the Project Read office up until the new literacy and learning center opens sometime in September, then they will be held in that 5th Fl. location.

Tuesday, July 8 - 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 2 - 1:00 PM

Saturday, October 4 - 1:00 PM

Tuesday, November 18 - 7:00 PM

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Digital Digi-Pals -- Help with your cellphone, tablet, or laptop

Digital Device Drop-in
Presented by Brian, Randy and our tech-savvy teens.

Learn some helpful tips for making the most of your 
cell phone, tablet, laptop or other digital device.

If you bring it in, we’ll do our best to figure it out.

Wednesday, July 9
6:00 to 7:30 pm

Main Library, Project Read Conference Room and Computer Lab

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Join the Project Read Wednesday Night Readers Book Club

This is the reading schedule for Project Read's learner and tutor book club for the second half of 2014. Tutor-learner teams are encouraged to pick up FREE books and audio books (yours to keep). All we ask is that learners who take these materials make plans to join the lively and rewarding discussions held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. We make the unabridged audio books available so that learners at any reading level can take part in these book discussions.

The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge (books/audio available June 25, discussion on July 30)
Bainbridge vividly re-creates Robert Scott's early-twentieth-century journey to Antarctica in a fictional account narrated by the imagined voices of Scott and four members of his expedition who were destined to die with their leader. The emotional lives and complex relationships of these five men are beautifully rendered, with passages illuminated by the spiritual and pensive musings of each individual. Bainbridge's richly conceived tale portrays the adverse conditions from the doomed adventure's beginnings. (189 pages)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (books/audio available July 30, discussion Aug. 27)
 Henry Lee is a Chinese-American in Seattle who, in 1986, has just lost his wife to cancer. Henry hears that the belongings of Japanese immigrants interned during WWII have been found in the basement of the Panama Hotel. As the hotel owner displays objects owned by Japanese internees, Henry recalls the difficulties of life in America during WWII, when he and his Japanese-American school friend, Keiko, wandered through wartime Seattle. Keiko and her family are later interned in a camp, and Henry, horrified by America's anti-Japanese hysteria, is further conflicted because of his Chinese father's anti-Japanese sentiment. (290 pages)

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (books/audio available August 27, discussion on September 24)
Each chapter of screenwriter Esquivel's utterly charming interpretation of life in turn-of-the-century Mexico begins with a recipe--not surprisingly, since so much of the action of this exquisite first novel (a bestseller in Mexico) centers around the kitchen, the heart and soul of a traditional Mexican family. The youngest daughter of a well-born rancher, Tita has always known her destiny: to remain single and care for her aging mother. When she falls in love, her mother quickly scotches the liaison and tyrannically dictates that Tita's sister Rosaura must marry the luckless suitor, Pedro, in her place. But Tita has one weapon left--her cooking.  (256 pages)

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (books/audio available September 24, discussion on Oct.29)
In rural Mississippi in the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town. Twenty years later, Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friends are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades. (272 pages)

White Fang by Jack London (books/audio available October 29, discussion on December 3)
Up in the frozen north, life is harsh & dangerous. But this is where White Fang, the wolf-dog, feels at home - in the wild. When White Fang lives among man-animals, he must learn to fend for himself. And when he finds himself with a man who is kind to him, he must learn to love. (343 pages – approximate 5th grade reading level)

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