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Coalition Adds to Board, Thanks Colleagues for Service

Thursday, 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

Sunday, 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”

Thursday, 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:

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

Friday, 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:

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,

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,’

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,

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

Eventful Spring for Literacy

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Reflecting the need for – and activity around – literacy throughout the year, this is a busy season for related organizations in the New Haven region.

March 30 saw a Scrabble benefit for Literacy Volunteers and a 15th anniversary celebration for New Haven Reads.

ConnCAT launched its café on April 4 and will mark its 5th anniversary in June.

The Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, collaborating with sponsor the NewAlliance Foundation and host the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, held a forum on “Literacy, Philanthropy, and Youth Development” on May 4.

The New Haven Public Library is seeking matching funds for its new Stetson Branch building, after the leader of that branch – Diane Brown – was recently honored by the Connecticut Library Association.

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy recognized its volunteer reading partners in the morning of May 17, with guest Deborah Freedman, a children’s book author/illustrator.

A “City That Reads”

Later that day, New Haven’s “blue ribbon panel” on reading published its plan, as advanced by Mayor Toni Harp, for a “city that reads.”  With sections on Early Literacy, Grade-Level Reading, Reading Disability, English Learners, Parents and Community, and Adult Education corresponding to six sub-committees, the plan seeks to “establish” a “culture of improvement focusing on reading.”

That same evening of May 17, Read to Grow held a benefit featuring author, activist, and retired basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who earlier was quoted saying “My college education was always just as important to me as my basketball career. When I was at UCLA, I got just as much pleasure and satisfaction from producing a well-written essay as I did from winning a game. Basketball is a temporary vocation, but learning is a life-long avocation. What good does it do to make a lot of money but never progress intellectually?”

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas – following neighborhood mini “pop-up” festivals – begins June 3.  This year, it includes the Big Read: Into the Beautiful North.

Literacy Volunteers will recognize its tutors and students at the 2017 “Hear Our Voices” occasion that includes publication of student work, at the Public Library’s main branch, at 5:30 p.m. on June 14.  (The 2016 version of Hear Our Voices is already online.)

Finally, given concerns about “summer learning loss,” LEAP – which recently earned the NewAlliance Foundation’s “Hi-5 High Impact Literacy Award” of $20,000 – works with students over the summer (and year-round) to reinforce the importance of reading: The organization’s annual “Read-In on the Green” will be held in the center of New Haven the morning of July 14.

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