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OKC ZOO, METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM CONTINUE SUCCESSFUL STATEWIDE LITERACY PROGRAM

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Oklahoma library program “Read for Adventure” returns for 2019-2020, providing free admission to OKC Zoo

“Read for Adventure” combines literacy, exploration and fun to create the perfect weekend or summer activity for Oklahoma families – at no cost. To join in, visit your local public library to check out the original children’s book, Our Day at the Zoo. Upon returning the book to the library, you will receive a voucher granting up to four guests free admission to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. The community program was created to promote literacy within families, increase engagement with the outdoors and provide an outlet for invaluable, nature-inspired discoveries. 

After a successful 2017 pilot program with Metropolitan Library System, “Read for Adventure” went statewide last year, reaching all 247 public libraries in Oklahoma and resulting in 4,443 vouchers being redeemed for admission to the OKC Zoo. Since each voucher admits up to four people, that means more than 17,500 Oklahomans visited the Zoo at no cost. “Read for Adventure” redemptions came from 54 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties (70%). In March 2019 alone, more than 7,424 guests came to the Zoo as a result of “Read for Adventure”. If half of the redemptions were for children and half for adults, that would translate to an in-kind valuation of $170,000 for the 2018-2019 term.

 “We know that literacy is fundamental to understanding the world around us and that understanding is the critical first step toward creating positive change for the future,” said Dwight Lawson, executive director of the Oklahoma City Zoo. “As a conservation organization, the OKC Zoo is dedicated to preserving wildlife and wild places for current and future generations.”

The book at the center of “Read for Adventure”, Our Day at the Zoo, was written by Kristin Williamson and illustrated by Rick George, both Metro Library staff members. Story concepts stemmed from a field trip to the OKC Zoo by Positive Tomorrows, a school for students experiencing homelessness. The children toured the Zoo and talked about the animals they saw and what they were doing. A theme evolved from their conversations: If I were a zoo animal, this is what I would do!

“Read for Adventure” begins today, May 1, 2019, and continues through March 31, 2020. Zoo ticket vouchers are valid through March 31, 2020. To find a public library near you, click here.

Go wild this summer with the “Read for Adventure” program and experience your own day at the Zoo! The Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and by visiting the Zoo’s Blog. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

COABE Adult Learner of the Year: Kenneth Ludolph

It is with great pleasure that COABE announces Kenneth Ludolph as the winner of this year’s Adult Learner of the Year Award.

Kenneth Ludolph with Kacie Mach (Tinker Federal Credit Union) and Rebecca Barker (OK Department of Libraries). Photo taken at OLC's 2018 Adult Learner Awards.
Kenneth Ludolp with Kacie Mach (Tinker Federal Credit Union) and Rebecca Barker (OK Department of Libraries). Photo taken at OLC’s 2018 Adult Learner Awards.


In February of 2018, Kenneth Lee Ludolph, Jr. was transferred from the Oklahoma State Reformatory to an Oklahoma City halfway house. On his first Saturday evening, he heard an announcement for the GED® students to go to class. Although he wasn’t yet enrolled, he ran to join the others. Kenneth had been attending a GED® class at his former location and had been disappointed to leave that dream behind when he was transferred. He was excited to learn that he could continue to pursue his goal. It wasn’t long before Kenneth secured a job at a restaurant which required him to work evenings and kept him from attending his new class. Upon learning about the situation and Kenneth’s high entrance scores, the coordinator offered to tutor him during the day. Their tutoring sessions were limited, but Kenneth spent countless hours independently studying. Two months after running to that first class at the halfway house, Kenneth passed his high school equivalency test and achieved his goal.

With the high school equivalency under his belt, new doors of opportunity began to open. Kenneth attended the learning center’s Career Success class where he earned a Certificate of Work Ethic Proficiency. He was honored at the annual OCCC Student Awards ceremony that recognizes the two most outstanding high school equivalency students. Three days after his
release from the halfway house Kenneth began college, majoring in automotive technology. In September, Kenneth was honored again as the 2018 Adult Learner of the Year at the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition Conference. By the end of the fall term, Kenneth had completed 20 college credits with a 3.7 GPA—accomplishing this while working 35 hours per week. Kenneth has always stood out as a leader. After experiencing a four-hour trip home from class after his bike had a flat tire, he carried a spare inner tube and gladly shared the tube with a stranger who was experiencing the same calamity. Another time, he purchased parts and repaired a single mom’s car. Kenneth hopes to have his own shop where he can continue to serve people in need. Kenneth has the kind of humble and teachable spirit that makes a teacher’s job enjoyable. He has proven that perseverance pays off and that faith and hope are available for all who choose to reach out for it. Kenneth chose to leave behind his previous trouble and work toward doing something meaningful with his life. COABE wishes Kenneth all the best as he pursues his dreams!

Teaching Dyslexic Learners

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Tuesday Training Webinar —Teaching Dyslexic Learners 

April 2 at 1:30 p.m.ؙ—Mark your calendar and spread the word!  

Monica Clarke will conduct Part 1 of a two-part webinar for tutors, trainers, and program directors.
Ms. Clarke is a Dyslexia Specialist and owner/CEO of CodeBreakers, LLC.  CodeBreakers goal is to foster an understanding of dyslexia in the community by providing education, resources, assessment, remediation, and advocacy for education professionals, families and individuals with dyslexia. 

Everyone interested in providing instruction for adult learners are invited to participate in this webinar.

Description and Goals
Participants will learn how to better identify their dyslexic learners and select appropriate interventions and strategies. This presentation will identify characteristics of programs and methods that are research and evidence based for working with students with dyslexia. 

By the end of the session

After attending this webinar, educators will be able to identify students who may be at-risk for dyslexia, understand the impact of dyslexia on their students, recognize which programs and strategies will have the greatest result with dyslexic learners and be able to discuss their understanding of dyslexia with colleagues and their student’s families. 

Register now with Rebecca.

Become a U.S. Citizen

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Those interested in attaining citizenship will be able to attend a New Student Orientation in Oklahoma City.

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The Immigration Center at Western Oaks and the Immigrant Connection at May Avenue Wesleyan Church are announcing free English/Citizenship classes and free legal services to file N-400 applications.

Orientations will be held:

Immigrant Connection
May Avenue Wesleyan Church
5201 S. May, OKC
10 a.m. on Tuesdays, March 5, May 7, July 2, August 27, or October 22

Immigration Center
Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene
7901 NW 16th Street, OKC
9:00 AM on Saturdays, March 16, May 11, July 6, August 31, or October 26.

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has awarded a two-year grant of $225,000 to Oklahoma City University to prepare teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL). These teachers will teach English and Civics to prospective citizens who already have their permanent resident cards. The classes will be taught for 8 weeks (two 2.5-hour sessions per week) at the Immigration Center at Western Oaks and at the Immigrant Connection at May Avenue Wesleyan Church. Students may choose which class they will attend.

For more information or to register for one of the New Student Orientations, call 405-684-3247 or 405-312-0155.

Learn About Resources Available to Caregivers & Seniors

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(SAPULPA, OK – February 6, 2019) Free workshop offered in Sapulpa on March 5

Join Creek County Literacy Program on Tuesday, March 5 at 1:00 PM for a free workshop entitled Learn About Resources Available to Caregivers & Seniors. Open to the public, this informative workshop will be held at Creek County Literacy Program, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa.

During the workshop, Caregiver Program Coordinator Martha Rains, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., will share information about resources available to Caregivers and seniors in the Creek County area. “We will discuss the many resources that are available to caregivers and seniors – many of these are not widely known about, and many are no-cost,” shared Rains. “We will discuss how to access these resources and handouts will be available.”

Learn About Resources Available to Caregivers & Seniorsis a health literacy outreach project of Creek County Literacy Program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, with funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

For more information or to register for this free workshop, please call 918-224-9647.

Immigration Help

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The Immigration Center at Western Oaks and the Immigrant Connection at May Avenue Wesleyan Church are announcing free English/Citizenship classes and free legal services to file N-400 applications.

Those interested in attaining citizenship will be able to attend an orientation an orientation in Oklahoma City on January 8 or January 12.

 

Orientations will be held:

Immigrant Connection

May Avenue Wesleyan Church

5201 S. May, OKC

11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8th

 

Immigration Center

Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene

7901 NW 16th Street, OKC

9:30 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12

 

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has awarded a two-year grant of $225,000 to Oklahoma City University to prepare teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL). These teachers will teach English and Civics to prospective citizens who already have their permanent resident cards. The classes will be taught for 8 weeks (two 2.5-hour sessions per week) at the Immigration Center at Western Oaks and at the Immigrant Connection at May Avenue Wesleyan Church. Students may choose which class they will attend. Classes begin the week of January 14.

For more information or to register for one of the orientations, call 405-684-3247 or 405-312-0155.

Learn About and Execute a Living Will

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woman watching man sign documentJoin Creek County Literacy Program on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:00 am for a free workshop on Living Wills, also known as Advance Directives for Health Care. Open to the public, this informative workshop will be held at Creek County Literacy Program, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa.

The Oklahoma Advance Directive for Health Care is a form created by the Oklahoma Statutes that allows individuals to:

• instruct your attending physician whether or not you wish to be given life-sustaining treatments and artificially administered food and water and to give other medical directions that impact end of life,
• appoint a health care proxy (such as your spouse or adult child) to make whatever medical treatment decisions you could make if you were able,
• direct donation of all of some of your organs as anatomical gifts.

Oklahoma Statutory Advance Directive forms will be provided at no cost to workshop attendees who can execute them at the workshop if they wish.

The workshop will be led by John Lieber, who is an Oklahoma attorney and registered nurse.

Learn About and Execute a Living Will is a health literacy outreach project of Creek County Literacy Program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, with funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information or to register for this free workshop, please call 918-224-9647.

For more information: Learn About and Execute a Living Will

AmazonSmile

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What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Oklahoma Literacy Coalition (OLC) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Oklahoma Literacy Coalition.

 

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select OLC when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select Oklahoma Literacy Coalition to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to OLC.

 

Keynote Speaker: Monica Clarke

The Oklahoma Literacy Coalition is thrilled to announce that our Keynote Speaker this year will be dyslexia expert Monica Clarke.  After the keynote address, Breaking Down Barriers, Monica will be presenting on three different aspects of dyslexia: Dispelling the Myths, Identifying At-risk Students and Interventions that Work!