Here are some highlights from this week's community literacy news:
- HEB (a Texas grocery store chain) is launching a literacy program "to promote literacy and learning across Texas". You can see a Feb. 23rd article about it in Austin Business Journal. As a former Texas resident and HEB shopper, this caught my eye.
- There's a fun article in the Chambersburg, PA Public Opinion about the "reading superhero, a program sponsored by the American Literacy Corp." Executive Director Floyd Stokes portrays Super Reader, hiding his identity with a blue cape and bright yellow mask. He encourages kids to read, and particularly emphasizes reading books over watching TV.
- Stoke City (UK) has football (soccer, to people in the US) players and coaches visiting libraries to talk about books and literacy. "The idea behind the project is that the children will be encouraged to read more once they see people who they look up to enjoying it as well." You can see the full article, with quotes from interested kids, at the UK Sentinel's website.
- A Cedar Falls, Iowa elementary school has started a program called Books and Brunch. "The literacy program targets preschooled-aged children, their parents and any siblings in the home." The idea is to expose families to books, and to make the book-reading experience fun for kids. You can read about it at the WCFCourier.com.
- Students from Arizona State are are volunteering "to work in public schools with underprivileged children who struggle with their reading skills." Volunteers meet for weekly sessions with fifth grade "reading buddies." I would imagine that, as with the football players mentioned above, having "cool" college kids encourage reading is a great motivator. Read more on the ASU News site.
- A March 2nd article in Hernando Today online (Brooksville, FL) describes Goodwill Industries-Suncoast's annual BookWorks book drive. The program runs now through April 30th. Local residents "are asked to donate new or nearly new children's books to their local Goodwill stores. During the BookWorks drive, Goodwill is also searching for volunteers to read to groups of children ages 2-5 at local Head Start centers and other locations. At the end of the 30-minute story time, each child will receive a donated book as a gift."