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Archived Oklahoma Literacy News
More than 65 people attended the Edible Book Festival, Saturday, March 31, at the Stillwater Public Library.
There were 18 entries in 5 categories. Winners in each category were:
Tutors, students and their friends and families, friends from the Stillwater Newspress, and members of the community attended the event. Other supporters included I-Hop, New China Buffet, Chipotle, Red Rock Bakery, Elite Repeat, Dupree Sports who provided gift cards and other prizes.
The Stillwater Literacy Council wishes to thank all who supported the event and a special thanks to the Stillwater Newspress for the excellent news coverage.
Emergent Literacy Initiative
More than fifty library and literacy programs from throughout the state took advantage of ODL’s early literacy initiative to enhance existing local initiatives or develop new programs. Participating programs agreed to attend three emergent literacy workshops and implement new strategies learned.
Thanks to LSTA funds granted by the Institute of Library and Museum Services, sites received books for the library, support materials, and books to give to local children.
Betsy Diamant-Cohen kicked off the workshop series with a “how to use” the Mother Goose on the Loose model to promote the development of early literacy skills. Participants left with ideas, books, and resources to implement the program locally.
The second workshop, Family Literacy Projects on a Budget, was presented by Wendy Blackwell, Deborah Mason, and Tisha Thorne with the National Children’s Museum. More than 70 participants learned how to enhance books and story times with free and low cost craft ideas.
The third workshop, Criss-Cross Applesauce, was presented on March 7 by Saroj Ghoting. This session shared the keys to successful story times targeting newborns to five-year-olds and their parents and caregivers.
The Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office unveiled the newest edition of Celebrating Our Journey at the 2011 state literacy conference.
The publication features a collection of 171 stories written by Oklahoma learners and adult basic education students. Forty-nine of the authors were on hand to autograph their story at a special book signing reception at the conference. The inspiring stories capture the successes, struggles, and thoughts of the authors as they shared their stories of celebrations and traditions, struggles and victories, travel and adventures, wisdom and learning.
The 336 page book was possible thanks to Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Oklahoma City’s Even Start program took home a new digital camera after winning the 2011 literacy photo contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition. The winning photo captured the love of learning by featuring an Even Start family using a smart board to improve literacy skills. The award was presented during Oklahoma’s joint literacy and adult education conference, where photo entries were on display.
Director Vicki Land accepted the camera on behalf of the program and reported that it was used right after the conference when a fireman visited the Even Start class.
The first joint literacy and adult education conference, held in 2010, was such a success that the partner organizations decided to make it an annual event. In 2011, increased attendance and positive feedback suggested that Oklahoma’s conference continues to be a beneficial resource for adult education teachers, volunteer tutors, corrections staff, literacy administrators and trainers, and adult learners.
Executive Director of the State Department of Education’s Lifelong Learning Section Stephanie Curtis read a proclamation from Governor Mary Fallin proclaiming September as Literacy Month in Oklahoma, and Department of Libraries director, Susan McVey welcomed attendees. Back by popular demand was keynote speaker Mark McLeod, who energized the audience with his positive message of building relationships. Participants selected from more than 60 workshops presented by local, state, and national experts, with adult learners attending sessions designed to meet their needs. Once again, a conference highlight was the unveiling of Celebrating Our Journey, a collection of stories written by adult learners from throughout the state. Forty-nine of the 171 authors were on hand to autograph their story during a special book signing reception hosted by the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition.
Conference sponsors including the State Department of Education, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and Oklahoma Literacy Coalition have already set September 27–28 as the dates of the 2012 conference.