National Book Scholarship

August 25, 2010 at 2:48 PM | Posted in Basic Literacy, Community Partners, Donors, News | Leave a comment

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The Council recently received a National Book Scholarship award from ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy organization in the United States. This award provided the Council with almost $2,000 worth of books from ProLiteracy’s publication division, New Readers Press. Those of us connected with the Council’s tutoring programs were especially delighted with the award, since New Readers Press publishes many of the text series used with our learners. Thanks to the award, we were able to add additional copies of the student books and teachers’ manuals to the library. Tutors often like to try several different texts with their students before deciding which one would be best to use. Now they are less likely to be disappointed by finding that all the copies have been checked out.

Many of our learners are interested in obtaining their citizenship, and New Readers Press publishes an excellent series, entitled Citizenship: Passing the Test, which is designed to help students prepare for the interview. The materials are always in high demand by our tutors. The National Book Scholarship award enabled us to obtain additional copies of these books and accompanying audio CDs for the library. In addition, it provided us with additional copies of the series’ literacy skills workbook. Instead of being added to our library, these copies of the workbook will be distributed to tutors who are helping learners with especially low literacy skills prepare for the exam.

Elise Bruml, Tutoring Programs Director

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