Press Enterprise: 4.10.2014 by Penny E Schwartz, Correspondent
When Leslie Trainor and Tanya Kaufman became a pair, it was a match made in heaven and A.K. Smiley Public Library.
Trainor was seeking an opportunity to help people develop their English language skills. Kaufman, an immigrant from Ukraine, was searching for a place to improve her English. The Redlands Adult Literacy Program paired the two through a service it offers free to the community.
Trainor, of Redlands, learned about volunteering in the Redlands library’s literacy program through the American Association of University Women.
“Knowing English is a basic necessity for anyone who wants to drive, to help their children in school, to get a job,” Trainor said. “It’s a basic form of communication and I knew it would be terrifying for me if I couldn’t speak or read it.”
During the past three years, more than 200 adults have sought help from the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, said Trudy Waldron, volunteer co-coordinator with Katherine Gifford. Some are immigrants while others may have interrupted their schooling in their youth or have learning disabilities.
The program has about 90 teaching volunteers, with 70 active tutor-learner teams. READ MORE !
LITERACY PROGRAM FUNDRAISER
A benefit for A.K. Smiley Library literacy program is planned for May.
WHAT: Reception followed by performance of “Pump Boys and Dinettes”
WHERE: Footlighters Theater, 1810 Barton Road, Redlands
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. May 8
TICKETS: $25. To purchase, send a check with return address to Redlands Adult Literacy Program, A. K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St., Redlands, CA 92373. Deadline is May 1.
INFORMATION: 909-798-7565, ext. 4138