Monday, February 22, 2016

Redlands Adult Literacy Program Learners Enter Challenge

Redlands Adult Literacy Program learners enter Challenge
Redlands Daily Facts: 2.20.2016 by Diane Shimota,
Adult Literacy Coordinator-AK Smiley Library

Writing is a core element of the Redlands Adult Literacy Program.

Recently, seven adult learners from the Redlands Adult Literacy Program entered the Writer to Writer Challenge, which is sponsored by the Southern California Library Literacy Network. The annual Writer to Writer Challenge invites adult literacy learners throughout Southern California to write a letter to an author, living or dead, whose book has inspired them.

As Carrie Scott, community outreach supervisor the Carlsbad City Library and chairman of the Writer to Writer Challenge, explained, this activity is a “goal bonanza.” It provides the opportunity for learners to obtain a library card, select a book, check out a book from the library, read the book, write a letter, edit the letter and submit it for review.

Participants can attend a conference with fellow learners and describe their experiences in writing to an author.

Scott said that she loves that “every now and then, we get a letter where a learner writes about reading a book to his or her child.”

One of the Redlands entrants, Crystal Moreno, wrote to Malala Yousafzai, author of “I Am Malala.” Moreno’s goal in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program is to improve her writing. She said she wanted to challenge herself by entering this contest and she found that her writing improved as she worked through several drafts of her letter.

Moreno was able to connect with the author because she also believes in the power of education for women and girls.  READ MORE @

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