Literacyworks in News: November 2016

Peter Coyote Event a Success! 

Peter Coyote speaking on the importance of literacy.

Peter Coyote speaking on the importance of literacy.

Peter Coyote, actor, author, director, screenwriter and narrator of films, theatre, television and audiobooks, gave an inspiring talk on Sunday October 2nd in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus.

With over 150 attendees, this event supported our low literacy, low income adults in their quest to acquire basic skills so they can access and complete college programs.

Before Peter spoke, Dr. Jane Saldaña-Talley, Vice President of SRJC Petaluma welcomed the crowd followed by remarks by SRJC President/Superintendent Dr. Frank Chong, Literacyworks Honorary Board Chair Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Literacyworks Executive Director Paul Heavenridge, and Chris Schultz, Literacyworks Center Director. Our featured student speakers were David Bowen-Farwell from Center Point and Rebeca Gutierrez formally of North Bay Children's Center. Thanks to our Friends of the Center, our Board, volunteers and to all our sponsors for helping make this event a success! Click here for our sponsor list.

Literacyworks Center Featured in Argus-Courier Article 

Rebeca Gutierrez Center Student at SRJC

The article Promoting a path to Scholastic Success: Petaluma Literacyworks Center links Adult Students with Services appeared in the Argus-Courier on 9/22/2016 featuring the Center and one of our students, Petaluman Rebeca Gutierrez. Rebeca has struggled in working on a degree in child development at SRJC while raising her two sons. She credits The Center with helping her remain in the program and achieve success by providing her with our Adult Literacy Award funding and guidance by the Literacyworks Center staff.

To read the full article, click on this Argus-Courier link.

November in History

Mark Twain

November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar. November is a month of spring in the Southern Hemisphere and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

  • There is no mention of the month of November in any of Shakespeare's plays or sonnets.
  • November 2 is the only date on which two US presidents were born: Warren Harding (born 1865) and James Polk (1795).
  • Gettysburg Address delivered by Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863.
  • November has been designated National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month. Always wanted to write a novel? Do it. And do it during the month of November. Add your name at and commit to writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch. You officially start writing at 12:00:01 am on November 1 and write your last word by 11:59:59 pm on November 30.
  • Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835. He said: "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter". 

Also remember: this is Donate to Literacyworks Month :-)