Award Winning Author, Jacqueline Jules at Reading: A Family Affair

February 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Comments Off on Award Winning Author, Jacqueline Jules at Reading: A Family Affair
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Come out to see the award-winning author, Jacqueline Jules at Reading: A Family Affair this March 24, 2012; the event runs from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the James Lee Community Center. Jacqueline will be reading from her chapter book series, Zapato Power, which  features Freddie Ramos, a little boy who receives a mysterious package with super-powered purple sneakers. Would you like to have super speed? Or would you rather have super strength or invisibility? And what would you do if you had super-powered purple sneakers and you could run faster than a metro train? Take part in Freddie’s adventure, as he finds a balance between being a superhero and a student in elementary school. Get prepared to sing and have a lively discussion about superpowers.

Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 23 children’s books, including Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off (2010 CYBILS Literary Award, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Honor Award, ALSC Great Early Elementary Reads), Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation (2010 Library of Virginia Cardozo Award), Benjamin and the Silver Goblet (2010 Sydney Taylor Honor Award), Duck for Turkey Day (TN Volunteer State Award List, Washington State Children’s Choice Book Awards list), and No English (DE Diamonds list, TN Volunteer State Award list). Also a poet, Jacqueline won the Arlington Arts Moving Words Contest, Best Original Poetry Award from the Catholic Press Association, and the SCBWI Magazine Merit Poetry Award. Most of Jacqueline’s books have grown out of her experiences as a teacher and elementary school librarian. Students are her inspiration.

Visit the BECOME A BOOK room at Reading: A Family Affair. Jacqueline Jules will perform at 10:25 AM and 11:30 AM.  Come and take an adventure with Jacqueline and her character, Freddie Ramos. Be prepared to be wowed by Freddie and his super-powered sneakers.

Download the Reading: A Family Affair Poster. Share it with friends and family. Spread the word about this great event.

Are you interested in volunteering at  Reading: A Family Affair? If you are not available on March 24th, the Literacy Council is also looking for people to help out over the next few weeks as we prepare for the big day. If you’re interested, please fill out this form, which expedites the placement process: RAFA Volunteer Form.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 115
www.lcnv.org

Reading as a Family: Read Together, Learn Together

February 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Comments Off on Reading as a Family: Read Together, Learn Together
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Attend LCNV's Reading: A Family Affair on March 24, 2012

Who doesn’t remember the joy of curling up on the lap of a parent or grandparent to listen to a story? Or the trip to the local library for story-time? Or watching the faces of older siblings engrossed in a book and wishing you could be a part of their fascination?  Listening to stories and reading together is one of the simple joys of childhood. The Literacy  Council of Northern Virginia also knows that reading together as a family is a great learning opportunity. Children and their relatives discover different places, cultures, and individuals while reinforcing their literacy. Reading as a family also plays a vital role in a child’s development.

According to the National Center for Family Literacy:

  • Children’s reading scores improve dramatically when their parents are involved in helping them learn to read.
  • Low family income and a mother’s lack of education are the two biggest risk factors that hamper a child’s early learning and development.

Long before children enter school, early experiences with books build a strong foundation for learning. Incorporate reading as a regular activity in your child’s life. Choosing age appropriate books should be a consideration, but reading different texts is also beneficial. Poems, plays, and songs are great examples. Not only are they different forms of expression, but foster discussion. Even if a child doesn’t know how to read, give them the opportunity to engage with a book: let them hold the book; follow your finger as you read the text and then let them repeat it. This helps not only build a child’s experience with books, but makes him/her feel important and part of the activity.

Children become readers when their parents read to them. Reading together as a family is one of the main reasons adults come to the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia to learn. I often hear variations of these inspirations:  “I wanted to be able to read to my granddaughter”;  “Becoming a father was my motivation to learn to read”;  “I want to help my child with her homework.” What could be a better incentive?   Sharing the joy of reading to a child, or listening to them reading their first book is a simple pleasure everyone should experience.

Patricia M. Donnelly
Executive Director
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Barbara Effron at LCNV’s Reading: A Family Affair

February 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | 1 Comment
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Hear Master Storyteller, Barbara Effron, at Reading: A Family Affair

Come and listen to Barbara Effron at LCNV’s 6th Annual Reading: A Family Affair, which takes place Saturday, March 24, 2012; the event runs from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and will be held at the James Lee Community Center.  

A master storyteller, Barbara Effron combines folk, traditional, and modern tales with songs and audience participation. Since 1983, she has entertained children and adults in the Washington Metropolitan Area with enchanting tales and musical stories. Barbara has performed at various venues including the White House, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, and Busch Gardens.

Attend Reading: A Family Affair and visit the HEAR a Book room where Barbara will capture your  imagination, and take you to far-flung places and fascinating people. Her passion for storytelling will be enhanced with music and audience participation.  So get ready to take a ride to a magical place, as Barbara leads you with the sound of her guitar.

To learn more, visit: Reading: A Family Affair.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 109
www.lcnv.org

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