LCNV Summer 2014 Book Recommendations, Part 2

August 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM | Posted in Development | Leave a comment
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Hungry for more books? Well, with our Books-a -Million Bookfair (Store #597) Bookfair fundraising event coming up tomorrow August 16, now’s the time to plan your purchases to benefit the Literacy Council. A percentage of the total profits made between 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 will be donated to LCNV to support its mission of teaching adults beginning-level English skills. Just present the LCNV Books-a-Million voucher at the point of sale for your purchases to qualify. Books-a-Million (Store #597) is located at 1451 Chain Bridge Rd McLean, VA 22101.  Can’t wait to see you there! Download LCNV Books-a-Million voucher and see more at  http://bit.ly/1rFEYq5.

Here’s part two of the LCNV Summer 2014 Book Recommendations.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Adult fiction) Marriage can be a real killer. From the review, “Marriage can be a real killer. Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.” The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.”

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh – Hilarious collection of illustrated stories from the popular blog.  Just try to read this without laughing out loud. Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices. From the review, “Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.”

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Children’s fiction; young adult) “A coming of age fantasy story that sympathizes with typical teen girl awkwardness and insecurity, highlighting courage, resourcefulness and the importance of familial ties as key to overcoming them,” wrote Carol Platt Liebau, author, in the New York Post.  The story focuses on the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

Still hungry for more books?
See LCNV Summer 2014 Book Recommendations, Part 1 here.

Event: Books-a-Million (Store #597) Bookfair to benefit LCNV
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Books-a-Million (Store #597), 1451 Chain Bridge Rd McLean, VA 22101
Summary:  A percentage of the total profits made between 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 will be donated to LCNV to support its mission of teaching adults beginning-level English skills. Just present the LCNV Books-a-Million voucher at the point of sale for your purchases to qualify.

Download the LCNV Books-a-Million voucher and see exclusions at: http://bit.ly/1rFEYq5.

Thank You for Making One for the Books a Success!

October 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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On October 3, the Northern Virginia community came together to honor LCNV’s 50th year of providing much needed literacy services. The evening was filled with a festive and energizing spirit. LCNV held a raffle  for a week-long stay in St. John, which raised nearly $10,000 to help our students. Steve Beggs was the lucky winner!  Attendees also had the unique opportunity to hear from a LCNV student, Fatima, and learn how literacy has changed her and her children’s lives.

The Literacy Council extends a big thank you to Robert Egger who served as Master of Ceremonies, and José Andrés, David Baldacci, and Ric Edelman for sharing how  literacy has impacted their lives. State Senator Barbara Favola presented a proclamation to LCNV, and Congressman Jim Moran and Delegate Mark Keam shared their support.

Highlighting the partnership between LCNV and Wish You Well Foundation, Baldacci stated: “I would urge all of you to do as much as you can. Quite frankly, there could be no higher purpose in the nation.”

During the event, LCNV announced that an anonymous donor challenged the Council this year to raise gifts from new donors, as well as increased gifts from existing donors. The challenge will match these gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. Andrés was the first to answer this call for support by making the first contribution to LCNV’s challenge grant. Will you join him in helping LCNV meet this challenge?   

Lastly, thank you to the following individuals who were instrumental in making this event a huge success: Mark Troppe, One for the Books Chair; Jan Auerbach; Avis Black; Cathleen Donnelly; Sally Jaggar; Misty Jones; Sarah Kenney; and Robin Walker.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866
www.LCNV.org

It’s not too Late to Register for Class!

September 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Student Stories, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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DOWNLOAD the Late Registration Flyer

Every LCNV ESOL Learning Centers or Family Learning class turns into its own little community, and every community is like a family.  Lorton Senior Center is one of our healthiest class sites, and I’m certain it’s because of the strong sense of community  among the students.  This past Monday, we had a really great registration, students were lined up outside the door an hour before start time.  Luckily, several of our volunteers arrived a few minutes early to help with forms, testing, and payment.

I believe that sense of community starts with a smile and an inviting gesture to join and share.  One students, who I had taught when I was an AmeriCorps Instructor, arrived at registration with two of her beautiful brown-eyed little boys in tow.  The student’s name is Ceci, and I remember her as the family stone of our class when I taught at Lorton’s former site, Grace Bible Church.  Ceci is an avid smiler, hand-shaker, team-worker, and laugh-sharer.  She constantly stretched her English speaking skills to communicate with classmates from different countries and on many occasions arrived at class with a new student to recruit for classes.

Ceci demonstrates exactly what kind of student our programs work for. Monday was her first time back at class in years, but this is because she took on new opportunities to work, birth a new son, and help her family through some  adjustments.  She still has a complicated life and a limited budget, but we’re still here to help her.  Now, she’s back because she still needs low-level English and LCNV still meets that need.  I know she’ll probably test out of our classes soon and be able to move on to new opportunities, but for now, I’m excited to see her grow and progress and help other students in her class.

You can help us meet the need of other learners and fill all of our other classes, too.  Take a look at our website to share our late-registration information at a grocery store, library, or other community location near you! Late registration will be held at LCNV’s headquarters located in James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042 on Saturday September 29nd  from, 3-6pm.

Katie Beckman
Program Assistant
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 116
kbeckman@lcnv.org
www.lcnv.org

Robert Egger – Oprah Angel – Lends LCNV a Hand

September 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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On October 3, 2012, non-profit leader Robert Egger will be supporting LCNV at its One for the Books gala. Serving as Master of Ceremonies, Robert will highlight the importance of literacy in all aspects of life. Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, One for the Books celebrates LCNV’s 50th year of bringing much needed literacy services to Northern Virginia. Read more to learn about Robert Egger and why he’s received the Oprah ‘Angel’ award.

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 25 million meals and helped 1,000 men and women gain full time employment.

Robert’s book, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All, was published in 2004 by HarperCollins and awarded the 2005 McAdam Prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book.”

In Washington, Robert is the founding Chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper. In addition to this, he was the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006.

The Non Profit Times list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential” nonprofit leaders has recognized Robert from 2006-2009. In 2007, he was honored with the 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. In 2004, the James Beard Foundation presented him with the “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Among his numerous recognitions, Robert has been named  a Washingtonian of the Year, Point of Light, and an Oprah Angel.

One for the Books is a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with LCNV supporters like Robert Egger. Celebrity chef José Andrés, best-selling novelist David Baldacci, and top-ranked financial advisor Ric Edelman will also be joining the celebration. Catering will be provided by Fresh Start Catering, and the event menu is inspired by José Andrés.

Purchase your tickets today! Join LCNV, Robert Egger, and fellow supporters on October 3, 2012. Let’s celebrate improving our community through literacy.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 │info@lcnv.org │ www.lcnv.org

Meet Ric Edelman at One for the Books

September 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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The One for the Books gala event is just around the corner! On October 3, 2012, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) will celebrate its 50th year at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Ric Edelman,  top-ranked financial advisor and host of The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, will be celebrating with us. Celebrity chef José Andrés, best-selling novelist David Baldacci, and non-profit leader Robert Egger will also be joining the celebration and advocating for literacy. Readon to learn more about LCNV’s special guest, Ric Edelman.

Barron’s has three times named Ric Edelman the #1 independent financial advisor in the nation (2009-2010, 2012) and nine times (2004–2012) among America’s 100 top financial advisors.  He is a #1 New York Times best-selling author. With more than 1 million copies collectively in print, his seven books on personal finance have been translated into several languages.

He is the chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services, which was named by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held financial planning firm in the country for three years in a row in the late 1990’s.

Ric’s weekly personal finance talk radio show has been on the air for more than 20 years, and is heard in dozens of markets throughout the country, enjoying more than 1 million listeners every week. In 2012, the show was ranked #2 as the most important weekend-only talk-radio show in America by TALKERS magazine. Ric’s television show, The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, can be seen on more than 200 public television stations across the country and has won 8 Telly Awards.

In 2004, Ric was inducted into the Financial Advisor Hall of Fame by Research magazine. He also taught personal finance at Georgetown University for nine years and publishes an award-winning monthly newsletter.

Come meet and mingle with Ric Edelman and fellow LCNV supporters! Catering will be provided by Fresh Start Catering, and the event menu is inspired by José Andrés, LCNV will also hold a raffle for a week at a beautiful villa – Calypso del Sol – on St. John. To learn more and purchase tickets visit http://www.lcnv.org/events/one-books.

Note: Biographical information for Ric Edelman  first appeared on his website: http://www.ricedelman.com/

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 │info@lcnv.org │ www.lcnv.org

José Andrés Headlines One for the Books!

September 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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On October 3, 2012, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) will host its One for the Books gala event! Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, the night will celebrate  50years of improving the Northern Virginia community through literacy! Catering will be provided by Fresh Start Catering, and the event menu is inspired by none other than celebrity chef José Andrés, who will be headlining the event. Take a moment to read about José Andrés, LCNV’s special guest at One for the Books.

José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.

In 2010, José native Spain awarded him the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters medallion; he is the first chef to receive this recognition. José was named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011. Recently, he was recognized by Time magazine on the “Time 100” list of most influential people in the world.

Often considered an unofficial Ambassador of Spain, José is the new Dean of the Spanish Studies program of the International Culinary Center, the first program of its kind to be offered in the United States. José can be seen on PBS as host and executive producer of Made in Spain. His cookbooks include Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen and Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America.

Known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy, José is a sought after speaker on issues including hunger, food security, nutrition education, and childhood obesity. Recently he launched World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit which aims to feed and empower vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world.

Award-winning author David Baldacci, and top-ranked financial advisor Ric Edelman will also be attending the One for the Books gala. Robert Egger, President of D.C. Central Kitchen, will be serving as Master of Ceremonies, highlighting the importance of literacy in all aspects of life.

This is an event you won’t want to miss. Purchase your tickets today – only 100 left! Celebrate literacy with the Literacy Council and José Andrés.

Note: Biographical information for José Andrés  first appeared on José Andrés: Think Food Group.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 │info@lcnv.org │ www.lcnv.org

Thank You for Making 50 Years of Success Happen!

August 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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* Photos courtesy of Hernan Vargas and Daniel Afzal

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia would like to thank all of the students, volunteers, and supporters who attended LCNV’s Golden Reunion this past Sunday.  Bringing new and old friends together, the Golden Reunion honored the accomplishments of its students and volunteers. The event was truly a success, and included many highlights!

Every year LCNV holds a student essay contest. The Literacy Council received many essays in response to this year’s student essay contest topic: Celebrating Literacy: My Celebrations, Big and Small. Anxiously, LCNV announced the Student Essay Contest Winners which included: Nasr Youssef (1st Place Basic Literacy Tutoring Student Essay); Janice dos Santos (2nd Place Basic Literacy Tutoring Student Essay); Miriam Rosas (1st Place ESOL Tutoring Student Essay); Ann Choi (2nd Place ESOL Tutoring Student Essay); Huiyan Wang (1st Place Classroom Student Essay); and Elsa Ortiz (2nd Place Classroom Student Essay).  We are incredibly proud of all the winners! Many of the winners were surprised to find that LCNV proudly displayed excerpts from their essays throughout the venue. We’d like to once again, congratulate our winners!

The Council also recognized the Bev­erly M. Newport Memorial Fund and the Virginia Literacy Foundation for their exceptional support of our mission. Without the help of organizations such as these, LCNV would not be able to bring much needed services to individuals who need and want to learn how to read, write, speak, and understand English. We are truly thankful to the Bev­erly M. Newport Memorial Fund and the Virginia Literacy Foundation for their continued support.

A special event highlight included LCNV’s “Decades of Success” panel discussion. Moderated by Laurie Hayden, a teacher and tutor, the panel included: Candelario Chavez, Kerrin Epstein, Doris Gone, Maria Henriquez, Sally Jaggar, Bobby Jo Small, and Bob Stump.  Here, students, teachers, and tutors came together to discuss how LCNV has changed their lives; they commented upon the surprises and challenges they faced, as well as the lessons they learned throughout their experience at LCNV.

The Golden Reunion would not have been possible without the help of the Golden Reunion Committee and the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. The Literacy Council extends a big thank you to the Golden Reunion Committee: Audrey Lipps, Golden Reunion Committee Chair; Doris Addo; Rena Baker ; Fatima El Amrani; Ruth Hansen; Mary Hollingshead ; Sarah (Sally) Jaggar ; Karen Lezny ; Becca Lipps ; Juana Merlo ; Jessica Raines ; Bobby Joe Small; Anne Spear ; Robin Walker ; Ron Wise ; and Michael Wolff. LCNV extends another big thank you to the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee: Jan Auerbach, 50th Anniversary Events Chair; Elsa Angell; Rena Baker; Avis Black; Rebekah Bundang; Mary Hollingshead; Anne Poad; and Jean Sweeney. The Council would also like to thank Delegate Mark Keam  for attending the Golden Reunion, and showing his support.

Once again, the Literacy Council thanks all of the students, volunteers, and supporters who made the Golden Reunion such a successful and memorable event!

Visit LCNV’s Flickr to see more Golden Reunion pics!

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 ext 112
www.LCNV.org

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