Honoring a New Haven Leader’s Legacy, and Recording the Latest Literacy Forum

April 29th, 2018

The New Haven Independent as well as the Artspaper covered a recent event honoring the late Christine Alexander — who founded New Haven Reads and the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven — with a street corner in her name.

Earlier this month, the New Haven Independent published an article about the latest Literacy Forum: on “Equity and Digital Literacies” – with Amira Dhalla of Mozilla.

Coalition Adds to Board, Thanks Colleagues for Service

January 18th, 2018

The Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven is pleased to welcome its two newest members of the organization’s volunteer board:

  • Earl Bloodworth, program manager of the Warren Kimbro Reentry Project of the City of New Haven; and
  • Louis Perno, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven.

The Coalition is grateful for the service of three colleagues who recently rotated off the board:

  • Rob Coro of Marcum LLP (which will continue generously to offer the Coalition in-kind promotional support);
  • Mary Elizabeth Smith (previously of Junta for Progressive Action and now of Make the Road); and
  • Donna Violante (who preceded Louis Perno at Literacy Volunteers before retiring).  Donna served as board treasurer, as well.

Thanks to all!

Literacy News Includes Addition of SCSU’s Greg McVerry to Board; Forum on September 28

September 24th, 2017

Greg McVerry of the Southern Connecticut State University faculty was featured in a New Haven Register article on his effort to advance “digital literacy.”

It happens he is also the latest addition to the board of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven.

The news about Greg McVerry was included in a recent New Haven Independent update on literacy happenings, including a September 28 Literacy Forum, which was earlier previewed in an August post to this blog.

September 28 Literacy Forum: “Language and Learning–Home, School, and Community”

August 17th, 2017

A Literacy Forum on Language and Learning: Home, School, and Community” will be held Thursday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. (program begins at 5:30).  Hosting the event will be the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS), at the Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School, 185 Goffe Street.

Part of a Literacy Forum series, the discussion will feature panelists:

   Ann Anderberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, Eastern Connecticut State University
   Marilyn Calderón, M.Ed., Executive Director, Connecticut Parent Power
   Luis Chavez-Brumell, Manager, Young Minds & Family Learning Department, New Haven Public Library
   Coral Ortiz, Hillhouse H.S. valedictorian 2017, former member of New Haven & Connecticut Boards of Education
Moderator: Abie BenítezPh.D., Director of Instruction & English-Language Learning, NHPS; opening remarks by Madeline Negrón, Ph.D., Director of Instruction & Early Childhood, NHPS.

All are welcome and admission is free, with light refreshments provided, but seating is limited.

Please register: info@literacyeveryday.org

Sponsors of the September 28 Forum are the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, as well as the New Haven Public Schools.

The invitation below is courtesy of Marcum LLP, which donated professional design and printing services.

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Libraries, Schools, Communities, Homes: Toward Progress in Reading, in Summer and Every Day

July 7th, 2017

The New Haven Independent recently covered the city public schools’ efforts to encourage summer reading among students — including through distribution of books via various outlets.

In the comments section below the article, City Librarian Martha Brogan posted the following:

“Far from a burden to shoulder, it gives the New Haven Free Public Library great joy and a sense of fulfillment to offer a rich array of summer learning opportunities!  Continuing a proud tradition among public libraries for more than a century, this summer, NHFPL joins together with public libraries across the country to celebrate the theme, ‘Build a Better World/Construye un Mundo Mejor!’  Learn more about NHFPL’s summer reading offerings for kids ages 12 and under as well as teens: http://nhfpl.org/ymsummerlearning/.

Programs extend across all 5 NHFPL locations as well as our Readmobile, which will visit 20 sites and make popular appearances at community events, such as LEAP’s Annual Read-in on the New Haven Green on July 14th.  And yes, with outstanding support from the Mayor, Board of Alders, and New Haven taxpayers, all NHFPL locations are open throughout the summer months during our regular hours, http://nhfpl.org/locations-hours/.

Thanks to the NewAlliance Foundation, with support from an anonymous foundation, and friends like you, NHFPL is offering its nationally recognized, ‘READy for the Grade’ program to prevent summer reading loss.  With group and individual tutoring as well as family nights, this program is hosted at Wilson Branch Library.  To register, please call Wilson Branch Library 203-946-2228 right away…. Read more about this signature program in the Urban Libraries Council, ‘Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun,’ http://www.urbanlibraries.org/filebin/pdfs/ULC_NSLA_SummerLearningOnlineToolkit.pdf

Once kids have enjoyed the books in their backpacks and the totes are depleted, continue your passion for learning by stopping in at one of our friendly locations to get your NHFPL library card or pre-register online and start enjoying our e-books immediately by clicking here, https://library.nhfpl.org/selfreg.html~S9.

Together, we will ‘Build a Better World!’”


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