Welcome to Write Away!
The writing forum for Project Read learners.

We've redesigned our blog so that adult learners working at Project Read can share what they have written with other learners, tutors, and the public. There are a few simple guidelines to be aware of.
  1. This is a moderated site, so submissions and comments will first be reviewed before being approved and published.
  2. Adult learners submitting their writing have the option of using their first name (only) or using "anonymous" for authorship.
  3. We wish to honor the writing efforts of the adult learner/authors, so no major copy editing will be applied, but we may suggest minor corrections in consultation with the author.
  4. Only active Project Read learners are eligible to submit their writing to the Write Away blog and there are two ways of doing this: send submissions via email to projectread@sfpl.org, or stop by the office with a hard copy of your writing.
  5. The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and contributors. These views and opinions do not represent those of the San Francisco Public Library and/or the City and County of San Francisco.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Start the New Year by attending a Tutor Round Table Meeting!

Are you searching for some fresh tutoring strategies? Are you itching to share a recent breakthrough you have had in your tutoring sessions? Perhaps you would simply like to reconnect with some of your fellow Project Read tutors. If so, plan to attend a Tutor Round Table meeting in the New Year. We'll provide the pizza and support--you can provide the valuable collaborative discussion. Here's a schedule of meetings through June 2008.
  • Tuesday, January 8, 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 2, 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 4, 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 5, 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 6, 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 7, 1:00-2:30 pm
Round Table meetings are held in the Project Read conference room. Please call our office at (415) 557-4388 if you plan to attend a meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Project Read Holiday Party & Potluck

December 13, 2007
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Main Library

Project Read members and staff will again come together to celebrate the holiday season with a festive party and potluck on Thursday, December 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample some amazing home cooking and spend a fun evening with other tutors and learners. We will also have some special door prizes and FREE raffle gifts donated by local businesses.

We are looking for some fabulous goods or professional services that can be given away during the evening’s free raffle. Please consider asking your employer to make a donation for this event. Here are some examples of previous donations: magazine subscriptions, tickets for brunch at a local hotel, gift certificates for a bookstore, and movie passes.

So mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, December 13th. Invitations will be mailed to everyone in November. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Tutor Workshop -- Thursday, October 18

Putting Words on the Page

Join literacy professional Amy Prevedel to explore tutoring techniques that can motivate even the most reluctant writers. You will practice specific ways to initiate and respond to your learner’s writing that will strengthen his/her fluency, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and self-confidence.

Thursday, October 18, 2007
6:00 — 7:30 p.m.
Main Library, Latino-Hispanic Meeting Room—Lower Level
Please call (415) 557-4388 if you plan to attend.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Notes from August Tutor Round Table Meeting

The Tutor Round Table meeting on Tuesday, August 7 was very well attended. Here are some of the topics which were discussed:

  • One tutor spoke about the difficulty her learner has in distinguishing the difference between certain sounds and spellings, for example: when/went.

Some of the instructional ideas suggested by those attending the meeting included: using multi-sensory techniques to reinforce these word pattern & sound differences; making sure to reinforce the instruction by consistent weekly review; and using a formal, structured approach to teaching these skills by using one of the free instructional books available in the Project Read office.

  • Another tutor mentioned that her learner makes a lot of reading errors because he/she is simply trying to read too quickly.

One suggestion was to utilize the Duet Reading technique in which the tutor and learner read a text simultaneously with the tutor setting the pace. By reading more slowly and emphasizing punctuation, the learner will get in the habit of doing the same when he/she reads on their own. Another suggestion was for the tutor to tap out a slower rhythm that the learner can follow when he/she reads.

  • A tutor mentioned that although she has tried to get her learner interested in joining the Wednesday Night Readers Book Club, there hasn't been a book that has looked interesting to the adult learner.

It was mentioned that there are a wide variety of books, covering many genres, and that although each title won't interest all learners, sooner or later there will be something that grabs their attention. One of the tutors spoke about the routine she uses to prepare her learner to attend the book club. They spend some time each week in their sessions discussing the reading, going over difficult vocabulary, and looking at the discussion/comprehension questions provided for each selection.

  • A tutor mentioned that her learner still has difficulty with reading comprehension and understanding the basic information contained in a story or article.

A tutor mentioned the useful tool of visualization--asking the learner to visualize what they are reading as they go. Other successful techniques to increase comprehension include paraphrasing what was read, mind-mapping, and asking the learner to look for specific information contained in the text before they start to read.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Continuing Education Class for Project Read Tutors

Tips on Locating Phonetic Gaps
Presented by Joan Sykes-Miessi
Literacy Coordinator, San Mateo County Library

Join us and discover easy-to-use techniques to help pinpoint the gaps in your learner’s knowledge of phonics and learn new strategies to address what needs to be taught.

Thursday, August 16, 2007
6:00—7:30 p.m
Main Library—Latino-Hispanic Meeting Room—Lower Level
Please call 415-557-4388 if you plan to attend.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Reading Minds Video Now Online

 (The links and some of the text on this post were updated on May 14, 2014 by Brian)

Howdy Folks,
The powerful short film Reading Minds is now online at Current TV and Google Video. It was created for Current TV by Bay Area filmmaker Kevin Epps. It offers a window into the inspiring work of Project Read - the adult literacy program of the San Francisco Public Library. It portrays the challenges and triumphs of Leon Veal and Maurice Roberson, two adult learners who have improved their basic literacy skills and continue to achieve important life goals. For more information about Project Read of the San Francisco Public Library, please go to www.projectreadsf.org.

 You can view the film by clicking the Play Button below. Enjoy, Brian

Below are image snapshots from newsletter articles written by or about Maurice or Leon. We will provide links to the original newsletters in the near future - once we have created an online newsletter archive.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tutor Round Table Schedule: July - November 2007

Here is a schedule of Tutor Round Table meetings for the remaining months of 2007. You are invited to join your fellow tutors and program staff for these informal and informative discussions which can help provide some new and effective strategies to enhance your instructional sessions.
  • Saturday, July 7: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 7: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 8: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 2: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 6: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

All meetings are held in the Project Read conference room and refreshments are provided.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Join the Wednesday Night Readers Book Club!

If you haven't yet participated in Project Read's monthly Wednesday Night Readers Book Club, take a look at the following list of upcoming books to be discussed and hopefully you will find a selection that is just right for your learner. Remember, every learner who joins the book club receives a FREE book and audio book that they may keep. Their tutors can get a book, too!

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- Mark Twain (book/audio book available after May 30) to be discussed at June 27 meeting.

Death of Salesman -- Arthur Miller (book/audio book available after June 27) to be discussed at July 25 meeting.

Shoeless Joe -- W. P. Kinsella (book/audio book available after July 25) to be discussed at August 29 meeting.

And Still I Rise -- Poetry by Maya Angelou (book/audio book available after August 29) to be discussed at September 26 meeting.

King Kong -- Edgar Wallace (book/audio book available after September 26) to be discussed at October 31 meeting.

Full Cupboard of Life -- Alexander McCall Smith (book/audio book available after October 31) to be discussed at November 28 meeting.

The Wednesday Night Readers meet on the last Wednesday of each month (except for December) from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Library, Latino-Hispanic Meeting Room--Lower Level.

These materials are made available free of charge thanks to an annual grant from the California State Library. We hope that each adult learner who takes a book and audio book will also attend the book club meeting and join their fellow Project Read members for a rewarding, enjoyable, and supportive discussion.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Invisible Tutor Workshop Handouts

Howdy Folks,

On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, Randy, Leon, and Brian facilitated a workshop designed to help tutors work with their learners in creating engaging assignments that promote independent learning and maintain momentum in the tutor's absence.

Below you will find the text as well as downloadable JPG conversions of the workshop outline and computer tips handout.
We will soon post MS Word and PDF versions of these 2 documents in the Instructional Resources section of the Project Read SFPL Website (www.projectreadsf.org).

Please let us know if these documents prove helpful and/or strike you as in need of a smidge of revision.

All the best, Brian

Project Read
Continuing Education Class for Tutors
April 24, 2007

The Invisible Tutor

General Suggestions

1. Before you take time off from tutoring, talk with your learner about what he/she would like to accomplish while you are away.

  • Reinforce skills which have already been introduced in your tutoring sessions: phonics, spelling, writing/grammar, etc.
  • Finish an assignment that he/she has already begun: newsletter article, distance learning exercise, journal writing, etc.
  • Work on new exercises/assignments: spelling/writing workbooks, computer learning software, etc.

2. As a team, talk about the preparation your learner will need in order to work independently while you are away.

  • What resources will your learner need access to--computer lab software/Internet access, writing journal, workbook exercises?
  • What can you do to make it easier for your learner to work successfully on these assignments? For example, you probably want to review each exercise you are assigning and go over specific examples together in order to model exactly what your learner is being asked to do.

3. Come up with an agreed upon timeline for when your learner should finish the assignments. You might even suggest that you both stay in contact via e-mail while you are gone. This could be a way for your learner to keep you updated on his progress and maybe even ask questions.

4. If necessary, you may want to speak with the Project Read staff,
about what your learner will be working on while you are away, in order to coordinate support.

The Invisible Tutor Workshop – Computer Tips

Spell It Deluxe (CD)

  • Go through the word list binders with your learner to find lists that he/she finds interesting. Photocopy and write due dates on them to remind your learner which ones to do and when.
  • Create custom word lists from the extensive selection built into Spell It.

ReadPlease (Fully installed on our computers)

  • Work with your learner to create some ReadPlease documents and save them in a folder. Could be news stories, fiction, personal writing, language experience stories, lessons that need revision/correction, etc. Possibly end with questions for learner to type answers to.
  • Set assignment of finding information on the web (SF Gate, wikipedia, etc.) and cutting, pasting, and saving into ReadPlease.
  • Put some vocabulary words in ReadPlease for learner to write sentences around.

California Distance Learning Project (Link from our Learning Lab Links Page)

  • Look through the categories and stories to pick a few that interest your learner. Print out the pages that show the stories, circle the stories, and put in learner’s lab folder.
  • Pick a few stories and prepare some follow up lessons to them. Vocabulary, researching related stories, etc.

Ultimate Phonics (CD)

  • Pick specific lessons that target sounds you are working on. Print out the word lists ahead of time.
  • Use the Ultimate Phonics manual to plan some lessons.

E-mail (Learning Lab Links page or http://www.yahoo.com/)

  • Ask your learner to e-mail the completed or in-progress assignments to you while you are away.
  • Structure some e-mail based lessons that go back and forth.

Blog (Learning Lab Links page or http://www.blogger.com/)

  • Work with Brian to create a blog that you and learner can both log into. Practice with learner. Set up schedule of posting some daily events, writing, photos, etc.

Listen to a Story (Use the library and our computers)

  • Go with your learner to the CD and audio book sections of the library to pick some books, stories, radio programs, etc. that your learner is interested in. Have your learner use the computer lab to listen to the stories and complete some written assignments you prepare ahead of time.

Before You Go

  • Work with your learner to choose assignments that are interesting to him/her, further his/her literacy goals, and are not too difficult or complex to undertake on own.
  • Take the time to model the tasks / steps necessary to complete the assignments.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Annual Tutor-Learner Recognition -- June 7, 2007

Please save this date:
Thursday, June 7, 2007
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Project Read's Tutor-Learner Recognition

How has your experience as a learner or tutor
changed your life?

At this year’s recognition event, we would like to encourage both tutors and learners to think about how your life has changed since becoming involved with Project Read. Please write a brief (one page or less) description about a positive experience you have had as a tutor or a learner. If you like, you may share what you have written during the program that evening. Here are just a few ideas that tutors and learners might consider writing about.

1. What was it like for you when you first started at Project Read, and how is it different now?

2. In what ways has your learner or tutor made a difference in your life?

3. What have you learned from working with your adult learner or volunteer tutor?

Please send your submissions, electronically if possible, to Richard by May 18, 2007. You may also bring him a floppy disk or hard copy.

Formal invitations to this June 7th event will be coming your way later in the spring.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Tutor Tips from the March 31 & April 3 Round Table Meetings

At the first ever Tutor Round Table meeting held on a Saturday, tutors discussed the following topics:

  • A tutor mentioned that she and her learner are primarily focusing on basic spelling skills and asked for ideas to enhance her instruction.

One method that was discussed was using word patterns to help the learner understand the common ways of spelling the sounds found in the English language.

A tutor also mentioned the importance of bringing multi-sensory techniques into the spelling instruction. One way of doing this is using word tiles (available in the Project Read instructional aids area of the office) or even index cards that can be moved about on the table thus providing kinesthetic reinforcement to what is being taught.

And someone mentioned that repetition is always an important component of instruction. We didn't learn a new literacy skill by doing something only once so why should we expect our adult learners to do so.

  • Another tutor shared some excellent ideas she had for teaching her learner how to print legibly.

To help him remember how to leave enough space between the words he writes, she suggested that he use the erasure end of his pencil as a guide, making sure that there is the space of the erasure between each word.

When teaching her learner how to correctly gage the relative height of upper and lower case letters, she reminded him that lower case letters are one half the height of upper case on the page. For even more assistance in teaching writing, the Project Read office has lined classroom paper available for tutor-learner teams.

  • Tutors also engaged in a helpful discussion of how to teach writing skills.

One tutor mentioned that when her learner turns in a writing sample, 70% of the words he has written might be misspelled. Because of this, she sometimes feels overwhelmed at how much there is to teach.

Other tutors in the meeting reminded her that it is a good thing that her learner has gotten to the point of getting his thoughts down on paper. This is a big step for many adult learners who are very unsure of spelling and grammar. And it is the first essential step in working on what needs to be taught.

One way to approach correcting the learner's many writing errors may be to look for common patterns which can be addressed rather than to try and focus on each individual error on the page. Are there word/syllable sounds that the learner consistently spells incorrectly? If so, try working on some word pattern exercises so he can begin understand the pattern for spelling these sounds. Similarly with punctuation, you can begin to address the forms of punctuation which are giving the learner the most difficulty one at a time.

The Project Read instructional resource collection has some excellent materials to provide a more structured approach to teaching these skills: Patterns in Spelling and Write All About It are two good examples.

At the April 3 Tutor Round Table meeting, tutors discussed these topics:

  • A tutor spoke of the challenge she is having as she tries to teach her learner how to improve his comprehension skills. She is already doing pre and post reading activities for each reading selection they work on.

One suggestion was to ask her learner a specific question about what he is about to read--a literal comprehension question which he can find the answer to within two or three sentences of the text. This may help him stay more focused on what he is reading as he looks for the answer to your question.

A good resource to help teach comprehension skills is Help Yourself: How to Take Advantage of Your Learning Styles by Gail Murphy Sonbuchner. This book includes an excellent chapter covering strategies to help adult learners enhance their understanding and retention of what they read. This book is part of the Project Read instructional resources collection, located in the office, and it is available free to tutor-learner teams.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Continuing Ed. Class for Project Read Tutors--April 24

The Invisible Tutor:
Creating exercises and assignments that your learner
will love to work on when you’re away.

This hands-on workshop, presented by Project Read staff, will give you some easy-to-use materials and strategies to encourage your learner to work independently to enhance his or her reading, writing, and study skills.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007
6:00 — 7:30 p.m.
Project Read Conference Room and Computer Lab
Please call (415) 557-4388 if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Writer to Writer Challenge for Adult Learners

Leona Whytus
2006 Writer to Writer
First Place Winner

Once again this year, the California State Library (along with the Bay Area Literacy Network and the Southern California Library Literacy Network) is sponsoring the Writer to Writer Challenge for adult learners in library-based literacy programs in California.

The Writer to Writer Challenge is simple; adult learners are asked to write a letter to the author of a book they have read, or listened to, which has really inspired them. Last Year, Project Read's Leona Whytus came in first place for the letter she wrote to Mildred D. Taylor author of Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry which Leona read as a member of the Wednesday Night Readers Book Club.

The State Library has even provided a very helpful collection of writing exercises for tutor-learner teams to use in preparation for submitting a letter to the Writer to Writer Challenge. These materials, along with the official Writer to Writer entry forms, are available in the Project Read office. We will also be happy to mail these packets to tutor-learner teams who may not be meeting at the Main Library. We hope to make the forms available online soon.

The deadline for submitting your letters is June 30, 2007.
Happy writing!

(Click on the the picture of the flyer above to see it larger and/or print it letter size)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Statewide Public Awareness Campaign for Library Literacy Programs

(California Library Literacy Services Billboard at the corner of Van Ness & Turk)

During 2005 and 2006, the California State Library conducted a statewide survey of library literacy program participants in order to determine the most effective ways of promoting our services. One of the results of this research is now visible on streets and highways throughout California. We have already received a few calls directed to our office from the statewide referral number shown on the billboards. So keep an eye open for these billboards as you stroll or drive through the city or around the state.

New Instructional Materials FREE for Tutor-Learner Teams

We have added some new books to our collection of instructional materials which are available in the Project Read office. Tutors and learner teams may have these materials free of charge to use in your tutoring sessions and keep.

Help Yourself: How to Take Advantage of Your Learning Styles by Gail Murphy Sonbuchner

This book is written for the adult leaner who is seeking to discover his or her own learning strengths and the strategies to successfully take advantage of those strengths. The chapters cover topics such as organization and time management, memory, listening, reading comprehension, writing, and test taking skills.

Filling Out Forms published by New Readers Press

This book introduces a wide range of forms and applications that we are all faced with filling out from time to time in our daily lives. Excellent background information is included as well as generic examples of forms used in banking, education, health care, driving, citizenship, and voting.

Spelling Smart!: A Ready-to-Use Activities Program for Students with Spelling Difficulties by Cynthia M. Stowe

This is a comprehensive (414 page) workbook which introduces concepts of phonics and progresses to cover spelling rules for the English language.

Reading Smarter!: More than 200 Reproducible Activities to Build Reading Proficiency by Patricia Osborn

For the advanced level Project Read learner, this is an excellent collection of exercises and activities designed to improve comprehension and critical reading skills.

Writing Smarter!: Over 100 Step-by-Step Lessons with Reproducible Activity Sheets to Build Writing Proficiency by Keith Manos

This collection of writing activities and exercises is designed for a tutor-learner team working on higher level writing skills. Chapters include information on sentence analysis, editing, writing formal letters, writing poetry, and even writing news stories.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Notes from March 6 Tutor Round Table

The March 6 Tutor Round Table meeting was attended by both experienced tutors as well as a tutor who had just been matched with her adult learner. Here are some of the topics which were discussed:

  • A tutor who is working heavily on writing skills with his learner mentioned that the free instructional workbooks available in the Project Read office have been extremely helpful. He specifically mentioned Write All About It (student book and teacher's manual) which he found useful in teaching basic grammar skills using a very structured approach.
  • Another tutor mentioned that the specific writing skills which need to be taught really depend on the goals of the learner. Her learner's writing goals are limited so she and her learner are not currently working on the higher level grammar skills.
  • One tutor in attendance mentioned that her learner may have some learning differences which make decoding individual words even more challenging. It was suggested that patience, repetition, and the use of multi-sensory instructional techniques are the keys to assisting these learners. She went on to say that her learner does feel that he is making real progress and she can see it too.
  • There was also a discussion of how to effectively praise an adult learner. One tutor mentioned the importance of varying your response. As an example, here's a link to a great list called 101 Ways to Say "Good Job" http://www.bozeman.k12.mt.us/humanresources/sub/101ways.html . It was also suggested that a tutor's praise could be focused on specific things the learner is doing right. For example, if your learner spells a contraction correctly for the first time, point to the word and mention that he/she did a great job so that the correct spelling is reinforced.
  • Finally, there was a discussion of where to obtain news and current event articles that are accessible for adult learners. Some suggestions included: USA Today (written at a slightly easier reading level than other newspapers, and with more pictures), News For You (a weekly newspaper published for adult learners, available in Project Read office), Readers Digest, and the California Distance Learning Project link on the Project Read computer lab homepage - http://www.cdlponline.org/ - which includes articles and comprehension exercises on a wide range of topics.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

First Ever Saturday Tutor Round Table!

On Saturday, March 31, Project Read tutors are invited to attend a specially scheduled Tutor Round Table meeting in the Project Read office from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Join your fellow Project Read tutors and staff to share ideas, instructional strategies, and tasty pizza. This is the first ever Saturday meeting of the popular Round Table, so come on by and take advantage of this great opportunity to collaborate and sharpen your tutoring skills.
Please call the Project Read office at (415) 557-4388 if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Project Read Instructional Resources Page

Howdy Tutors, Adult Learners, and Other Interested Folks,

We have been hard at work for the last few months collaborating with the SFPL Web Team to post Microsoft Word and PDF versions of a pretty hefty assortment of original Project Read curricula and administrative forms. We have lots of fabulous things there so please poke around and let us know if this is helpful.
All you need do is click on the image below.

Please keep an eye out for some additional posts coming your way which will highlight some of the neat things contained there.

All the best, Brian

Notes from Poetry Workshop

If you missed the February 15th Continuing Education Class for Project Read tutors, you can simply click on the title page above to view the entire PDF presentation. This is part of our efforts to provide valuable tutoring curricula and materials, in down-loadable format, through the Project Read website (http://www.projectreadsf.org/.)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Tips for Tutors from the February Round Table

Here are some of the topics discussed at the February Tutor Round Table meeting:

A tutor discussed the challenge of helping her learner break some old habits which were developed over many years of trying to get by with limited reading skills. For example her learner often guesses at words rather than taking the time to decode them.

  • The tutor mentioned that she often simply reminds her learner that it's okay to slow down and not be in a rush to finish a piece of reading material. In doing this, her learner is paying more attention to what is being read and doing less guesswork.

We also discussed the use of a structured workbook to teach basic reading skills.

  • One tutor mentioned that she wasn't sure how her learner would respond to working with the Patterns in Spelling series. She was happy to find that the learner enjoyed the structured lessons and the ability to look back at previous exercises to see what had been accomplished. Using the workbook also gave the tutor some needed support in teaching some very basic skills.

There was also a discussion of which dictionaries are easier for learners to learn to use.

  • A few tutors commented that the more advanced dictionaries were often overwhelming to beginning readers, especially all the abbreviations indicating derivation and parts of speech which often follow the word.

  • Two dictionaries, available to all learners, which are slightly easier to use are:

Beginner's Dictionary of American English which not only has examples of the word used the context of a sentence. The downside of this dictionary is that it's missing many words found in other, more advanced dictionaries.

Webster's New World Portable Large Print Dictionary which is easy on the eyes but heavy in the backpack or book bag. It has simply written definitions with less detail than dictionaries having regular size font.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Wednesday Night Readers Book Club

Tutors: are you looking for a way to help your learner discover the pleasures of reading and to encourage him/her to read more away from your tutoring sessions? If so, talk with your learner about joining the Wednesday Night Readers Book Club... and you can join, too!

Members of the book club receive FREE copies of the selected book and adult learners can also pick up a FREE unabridged audio book. Then on the last Wednesday evening of the each month, we all come together for a friendly and engaging book discussion. The discussions are facilitated by two longtime Project Read volunteers who are talented at creating a nurturing and non-threatening environment for the free expression of ideas. It's a great experience for both learners and their tutors.

Here is a list of books which we will be reading and discussing over the next few months:

February 28 meeting -- Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
(book available now)

March 28 meeting -- The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
(book available on or after Feb. 28)

April 25 meeting -- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
(book available on or after March 28)

May 30 meeting -- Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
(book available on or after April 25)

Feel free to call the Project Read office (415-557-4388) for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Continuing Education Class for Tutors - Feb. 15

Using Poetry to Enrich Basic Literacy Instruction
Presented by Randy Weaver — Project Read Manager

Join us for this fun and interactive workshop where you will
discover how poetry and song lyrics can be used to teach basic
skills while adding variety and excitement to your tutoring sessions.

Thursday, February 15, 2007
6:00 — 7:30 p.m.
Main Library—Latino-Hispanic Meeting Room—Lower Level

Please call (415) 557-4388 if you plan to attend.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Tutor Round Table Meetings 2007

Tutor Round Table meetings are informal gatherings of tutors and staff for the purpose of sharing ideas and offering new strategies for instruction.

Join us at a Round Table meeting in 2007 -- they are held in the Project Read conference room and refreshments are provided.

Tuesday, January 2 -- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 6 -- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6 -- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 -- 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3 -- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1 -- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 7 -- 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7 -- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 8 -- 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 2, -- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 6 -- 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

No Round Table meeting scheduled for December