Welcome to 2019!
I, as I suspect many of you, find it hard to believe that 2019 has begun. Last year raced by (2018 we hardly knew ye). But as we bravely start a new year, many excellent and wondrous things will be happening to Literacyworks in the next 525,600 minutes. Here are a few:
2019 Literacyworks Lecture Series
DAVE EGGERS & MOKHTAR ALKHANSHALI IN CONVERSATION
Dave Eggers is the author of eleven books, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is the winner of France’s Prix Médicis Etranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His nonfiction and journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Essays.
Event Date: Sunday, January 13th - 3PM
Event Location: Petaluma Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S, Petaluma, CA 94952
General Admission: $25 (1 ticket + 1 book); $35 (2 tickets & 1 book)
Doors will open at 2pm. Seating is general admission and will be available on a first come, first served basis for all ticket holders.
2019 Literacyworks Lecture Series List
We kicked off the series with Congresswoman Jackie Speier on January 7th at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma Store. Next up (see above) is Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali in Conversation on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall; Cherrie Moraga on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Copperfield's in Santa Rosa (Montgomery Village); David Brooks on Thursday, May 2, 2019 (Event Space TBA); and Congressman John Lewis (TBA). And that’s just the start of our lineup for the year! For tickets or more information, visit http://www.literacyworks.org/events/.
The Foundation who supplies our Center students’ scholarships has been so pleased with our student’s success they have increased our scholarship funding. This means we will have 110 students per semester in 2019, up from 95 last year.
Parent Reading Workshops
We continue to promote the Literacyworks Parents as First Teachers: Engaging Families to Increase Children's Literacy program to the libraries in Marin and Sonoma. The program works with low-literacy, low-income bilingual parents and children through a combination of access to resources in the home and the community and by training parents in the basic skills to encourage their children to become avid readers.
So we’re starting off this year with hope and inspiration. Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Reading can help you learn about yesterday, have fun today and reassure us about tomorrow. Thank you for supporting Literacyworks and our students.