Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Holiday Party - December 16



Please Join us for the annual


Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 16

5:30 to 7:30 PM
Main Library, Latino-Hispanic Meeting Room – Lower Level


Celebrate the season with your fellow tutors, learners, and staff!


If you like, you may bring a favorite holiday dish or dessert to share. We will once again be supplementing the food supply with catering from Pluto’s, but we would appreciate anything you might wish to bring.

Please call (415) 557- 4388 if you plan on attending.
Friends and family are always welcome.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Learner & Tutors -- Join the Wednesday Night Readers Book Club



Join the Project Read Wednesday Night Readers Book Club in 2015

This is the reading schedule for Project Read's learner & tutor book club for the first half of 2015.  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.


A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (books/audio available December 4, discussion on January 28)
Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's comic tale, A Confederacy of Dunces is a 30-year-old man who lives at home with his mother in New Orleans.  Ignatius's quiet life of tyrannizing his mother and writing his endless comparative history screeches to a halt when he is almost arrested by the overeager Patrolman Mancuso--who mistakes him for a vagrant--and is then involved in a car accident with his tipsy mother behind the wheel. One thing leads to another, and before he knows it, Ignatius is out pounding the pavement in search of a job. 
(405 pages—the Book Club will not meet in December, so you have twice as long to finish this book)

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (books/audio available January 29, 
discussion on February 25)
A tense and haunting novel following four people trying to survive war-torn Sarajevo during the early 1990s. After a mortar attack kills 22 people waiting in line to buy bread, an unnamed cellist vows to play at the point of impact for 22 days. Meanwhile, Arrow, a young woman sniper, picks off soldiers; Kenan makes a dangerous trek to get water for his family; and Dragan, who sent his wife and son out of the city at the start of the war, works at a bakery and trades bread in exchange for shelter. All the while, the cellist continues to play. With wonderfully drawn characters and a stripped-down narrative, Galloway brings to life this distant conflict. (235 pages)

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (books/audio available February 26,  
discussion on March 25)
Considered by some critics to be Williams' finest play. Amanda Wingfield lives in a St. Louis tenement, clinging to the myth of her early years as a Southern belle. Her daughter Laura, who wears a leg brace, is painfully shy and often seeks solace in her collection of small glass animals. Amanda's son Tom is desperate to escape his stifling home life and his warehouse job. Amanda encourages him to bring "gentleman callers" home to his sister. When Tom brings Jim O'Connor for dinner, Amanda believes that her prayers have been answered. Laura blossoms during Jim's visit, flattered by his attention. After kissing her, however, he confesses that he is engaged. Laura retreats to her shell, and Amanda blames Tom, who leaves home for good after a final fight with his mother. (144 pages)

The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough (books/audio available March 26, discussion on April 29)
The history of civil engineering may sound boring, but in David McCullough's hands it is actually riveting. Written while the last survivors of the flood were still alive, McCullough's narrative weaves the stories of the town, the wealthy men who owned the dam, and the forces of nature into a seamless whole. His account is unforgettable: "The wave kept on coming straight toward him, heading for the very heart of the city. Stores, houses, trees, everything was going down in front of it, and the closer it came, the bigger it seemed to grow.... The height of the wall of water was at least thirty-six feet at the center.... The drowning and devastation of the city took just about ten minutes." A powerful, definitive book, and a tribute to the thousands who died in America's worst inland flood. (304 pages)

Fire Season by Phillip Connors (books/audio available April 30, discussion on May 27)
For almost a decade, former Wall Street Journal reporter Connors has spent half a year keeping vigil over 20,000 square miles of desert, forest, and mountain chains from atop a tower 10,000 feet above sea level. One of a handful of seasoned, seasonal fire-watchers in New Mexico's Gila National Forest, Connors introduces us to his wilderness in this ruminative, lyrical, occasionally suspenseful account that bristles with the narrative energy and descriptive precision of Annie Dillard and dovetails between elegiac introspection and a history of his curious and lonely occupation. (272 pages)

This list is subject to change due to availability.

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

VOTING 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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