Literacy

HCPL Volunteer Literacy Tutor Training Coming Soon

Did you know that one out of five Texans cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application or help with their children's homework? Illiteracy is one of the biggest challenges facing America, but you can be part of the solution. Become a volunteer literacy tutor at Harris County Public Library.

Looking for English Classes?

It doesn't happen often, but the Maud Marks Library has some openings in our ESL program.  Just come in and speak with a librarian.  We will ask you to fill out a short application and take a quick test so we can figure out your level.  Then, we will match you with one of the classes with openings.  Just make sure you answer all the questions on the application as thoroughly as possible.

Hurry in!  We have new classes starting soon!

Train To Become An ESL Tutor @ North Channel Library

tutorHave you ever thought about becoming an ESL Tutor?  The North Channel Library will host an ESL Tutor Training on Saturday, March 29th from 10am to 3:30pm.  You can volunteer to tutor at any branch library and all materials are provided.  Please register for this training by calling the library at 281-457-1631 and help someone reach their goals.

Volunteer ESL Tutors Needed! Training Sessions March 21 & 29

There are a lot of very good reasons to become a volunteer English as a second language tutor at Harris County Public Library. One of the best is that with a small investment of your time each week you can make a huge difference in one of your neighbors' lives--and no experience is necessary. On March 21 and 29, HCPL is offering free training sessions that will give you all the tools you'll need. 

To register for one of the training sessions below, or for more information, please call the library, or call or email the literacy coordinator at 713-749-9035.

Spread the Word—Literally. Become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

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If you are visiting this website, it’s a good bet that you know reading’s fundamental value to your day-to-day life. Odds are equally likely that you cannot imagine life without it. But it is a sad fact that 1 in 5 Texans--your neighbors--don’t have to imagine; they are living it—every hour of every day.

Harris County Public Library has long been committed to providing basic literacy classes to all those who want them, but we cannot do that without a team of dedicated volunteer tutors.  On Friday, March 7 at High Meadows Branch Library, we will be holding a tutor training workshop. No teaching experience needed.

Share the gift of reading. Register today.

Adult Basic Literacy Training
High Meadows Branch Library
Friday, March 7, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
4500 Aldine Mail Route
Houston 77039

For more information and to register for training, please call High Meadows Branch Library at 281-590-1456, or contact HCPL Literacy Coordinator by phone: 713-749-9035 or email: szach@hcpl.net 

Calling All Young Authors and Artists!

PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Kindergartners, 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-graders!  Have you heard about the PBS KIDS Writers Contest?  It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase your talent by sharing your illustrated story: fact, fiction, prose, poetry—anything you like.  Winners will receive great prizes and have their stories published online.  If you are creative and love writing, this is the perfect opportunity for you.  But you need to hurry!  Submit your best story by March, 17, 2014.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

Don’t forget to include the entry form!

Ask for a copy of complete rules and a contest entry form at the Information Desk or go to the HoustonPBS website.

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September is National Literacy Awareness Month

National Literacy Awareness Month Logo This September, the Houston Center for Literacy and Harris County Public Library want you to recognize the importance of literacy in your life, and to encourage you to share the gift of literacy by helping someone in your own community learn to read.

Take just a moment to think about how your ability to read has broadened your own world. Think of all the books that have entertained you, educated you, and changed your life for the better. Now, think about everything you’ve read today: the email, the street signs, the instructions for that new gadget, the expiration date on a can of tuna. Now think about how much harder your life would be if you could not read.

Finally, think about this: 1 out of 5 of your neighbors is functionally illiterate. That means that more than 400,000 of us who call Houston home cannot fill out a job application, read a bank statement or help their children with homework. 400,000 people.

Learn how to help adults speak English

            Help someone open a door to any number of new opportunities by volunteering as an English as a second language tutor. 

            These opportunities are as limitless as the variety of ways in which people read, write and speak every day.  Common goals are learning English to help children in school or interact with school staff, get a better job, or to become a citizen.

Consider this! Literacy Tutor Training at ALD

Would you like to make a difference in the life of adult? Consider becoming a literacy tutor! Aldine Branch Library will host a training session on September 14, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read and write. The training workshop is free and there are no requirements to volunteer, other than an interest in reading and two or three hours per week to help someone learn this important skill. Tutors help adults gain the basic reading and writing skills necessary every day to meet such goals as advancing at work, reading to their children, and reading for personal interest.  The library provides materials with detailed lessons.Tutoring can take place at any library or another location in the community, such as a church or community center.

For more information, to register for this workshop, or if you know of an adult who would like to improve his or her reading, please call the library at 281-484-2036.

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