Blast Into Reading !
Open Doors: July/August 2016 by Susie Hodge Literacy Volunteers—HBPL
75 learners, tutors, literacy staff and friends of literacy gathered at Central Library to celebrate and acknowledge accomplishments during the past year. The room was decorated in traditional red, white and blue to evoke both the BLAST INTO READING theme, as well as the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Tutors received 5, 10, 15, or 20-year pins in recognition of their volunteer years, with Dionne Cox, former tutor and board member and current Library Board Trustee, was honored for volunteering 20 years with literacy services. Dionne continues be active with the program by spearheading the Duck-a-thon.
Thanks and congratulations to her and all the tutors who give so freely and generously of their time and expertise.
Learner awards included special pins and journals for those whose learners who worked extra hard throughout the year, participated in SCLLN's Writer-to-Writer Challenge, or earned their citizenship.
The annual June celebration of achievement culminates a year of hard work and dedication of tutors and learners alike. Goals are achieved in the form of getting a job, obtaining citizenship, reading a book or writing to an author. Literacy Services continues to strive forward as new tutors join the program with determination to transform one life at a time. A huge hug of thanks goes out to tutors and to their learners, whose lives are changed the moment they step over the literacy threshold.