Friday, July 14, 2017

Carlsbad Library :: A Celebration of Learning

A Celebration of Learning
Learning Connection: July/August 2017

Approximately 50 tutors, learners, family members and friends enjoyed Literacy Services’ annual celebration on May 21 at the Carlsbad Senior Center. This event was held to congratulate our literacy learners on their accomplishments, recognize our volunteer tutors for their outstanding dedication and thank the City for its support. The program started with a slide show of our accomplishments during the year, followed by remarks from Library Director Heather Pizzuto and Program Coordinator Carrie Scott. Tutors and learners shared what the program means to them. Guests enjoyed light refreshments and took home a gift of chocolates and a bookmark donated by Library Board Member Beth Hulsart.

During the past fiscal year, volunteers contributed 11,000 hours helping learners reach their goals, from reading an entire book for the first time to helping their children with homework. Nearly half of the learners met a job-related goal. Improved skills lead to personal success that, in turn, creates a stronger community. Currently, over 66 tutor/ learner pairs meet twice per week to work on reading and writing skills.

Library Director Heather Pizzuto paid special tribute to the program’s longest-serving volunteer, Betty Groves, who passed away in December 2016 at the age of 102.

Betty served 22 years as a tutor in the literacy program, helping over 20 adult learners and countless high school students to achieve their goals.  READ MORE @

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