Phoenix: The Pleasant Valley Library (Aired July 18, 2021)

A Phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor according to legend, but the Pleasant Valley Free Library is doing the same in reality. Pleasant Valley Rotarian Dave Kruger, the current vice-president of the library board, returns to RadioRotary to provide the exciting details. Since a fire destroyed the interior of the library in 2018, operations have continued in a former supermarket donated rent-free to the library by Herb Redl Properties. Meanwhile, the Board has raised nearly $3 million to create a new building at the old site, keeping the still standing outer walls and adding new space on the ground floor to make a handicapped-accessible one-story library space from the former two-story 19th-century structure. The patron-and-staff usable portion of the building will be double the size of the previous structure—the old 2 nd floor will now be devoted to mechanical support. It is anticipated that the new building will be open early in 2022. The RadioRotary program also includes information about the small-but-mighty Pleasant Valley Rotary Club.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Free Library: https://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Pleasant Valley (NY) Rotary Club: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Pleasant Valley Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PleasantValleyRotary.7210/
Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofthePVLibrary/

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Teaching Adults to Read (Aired July 11, 2021)

Laura Lane, the Adult Literacy Connector for Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County, visits RadioRotary to describe the programs treating functional illiteracy in adults that are available from the volunteers of Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley. Functional illiteracy is more than just inability to read words- literacy is the ability to understand, evaluate, use, and engage with written texts in ways enabling a person to participate in society, achieve that person’s goals, and develop his or her knowledge and potential. It includes the skills needed to fill out forms and read instructions, not just to read or write and understand a sentence. The services of Literary Connections are free; the organization is supported by donations from individuals, foundations, and government agencies.  Listen to the program to learn about Ms. Lane’s own remarkable story as well as about the many services available to improve reading and writing.

Learn More:
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LiteracyConnections
Adult Literacy Programs: http://www.literacyconnections.org/programs-services/adult-literacy/
Resources for Literacy Connections: http://www.literacyconnections.com/
Functional Illiteracy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5102880/

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July 15, 2021 · Posted in Education, Hudson Valley, Literacy, Service Organizations  

Guatemala Literacy Project (Aired on May 30, 2021)

Rotarian Joe Berninger from the Rotary e-Club of Ohio Pathways joins RadioRotary to tell about a work that was called “the gold standard of Rotary projects” by past Rotary President Ian Riseley (2017-18)—the Guatemala Literary Project. More than 600 clubs from 80 districts have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala. In that time, nearly 225,500 students have been made more literate—both for reading and in technology– through sustainable programs that are tested and proven to work.

Learn more:
Guatemala Literacy Project: https://www.guatemalaliteracy.org/
Cooperative for Education: https://coeduc.org/
Literacy Statistics for Guatemala: http://uis.unesco.org/en/country/gt
Rotary E-club of District 6600 Ohio Pathways: Rotary e-Club of Ohio Pathways

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Literacy Connection Holds Spelling Bee (Aired February 29 and March 1, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews Literacy Connections Coordinator for Southern and Rural Dutchess County Marian Thompson and Book Bodies Coordinator Katherine Stikkers about the annual Spelling Bee. For 29 years the organization has raised money from sponsors of two-person teams who compete for the glory of best spellers. The money is used to help Literacy Connections in its principal effort, which is to teach adults how to read, as well as in its other efforts such as the Book Buddies program—adults reading to elementary-school students. The reading program uses a state approved tutoring program with trained volunteer to help adults gain reading skills and to tutor immigrants who have poor or no English. Although the program works all year long, the highlight of the year comes with the Spelling Bee, which in recent years has been at Marist College. Most teams are sponsored, often by Rotary Clubs, and can consist of high-school students or adults, but any two-person team can enter. The words are chosen from a dictionary and vary in difficulty. After a first round for points, the high-scorers compete until every team but one has been eliminated by misspelling a word (second chances are available). An audience is present just to enjoy the competition.

Learn more
Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
29th Annual Spelling Bee: http://www.literacyconnections.org/spelling-bee/
National Spelling Bee: http://spellingbee.com/
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: https://www.mtishows.com/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee

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March 17, 2020 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Education, Events, Literacy, Volunteers  

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