Literacy News

From Poverty to Inspirational Preacher, a 30-Year-Old Learns to Read

Jesse CradduckFor adults who don’t know how to read, even performing some of life’s simplest tasks can cause a world of pain and stress. Many adults with low literacy skills cannot read a book to their children or a menu at a restaurant. They are unable to fill out important health and financial forms, read prescriptions, or easily obtain employment.

The Path to Literacy
Jesse Cradduck was an adult who suffered with low literacy. But for Jesse, there was more to it than that. Starting early in life, he faced unimaginable obstacles one after another into adulthood. His ability to overcome finally began with a referral to a local literacy program. Learning to read would eventually lead him to become the inspiration he is to many around the world today.

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries Literacy Resource Office, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, shared Jesse’s story with us. – See more at the ProLiteracy Blog.

Up and running— Miami Community Garden

The Health Literacy Project-Miami Community Garden, located on a plot of land just north of the Ottawa County Health Department, is flourishing and is producing crops.The Health Literacy Project-Miami Community Garden is up and running — and is producing vegetables.

“Everything is growing well,” Miami Public Library Director Marcia Johnson said during a Friday open house for the garden, located on a parcel of land adjacent to the Ottawa County Health Department, 1930 North Elm.

The Health Literacy Project is a cooperative partnership between the Miami Public Library, Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, the Northeast Tribal Health Systems, the health department, Ottawa County Department of Human Services and is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries under the Library Services and Technology Act, a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Read more at The Miami News – Record.  Article by By Jim Ellis


2016 Read Across Oklahoma

Reading is Fintastic- Read Across Oklahoma

More than 5,400 children, parents, caregivers and volunteers came together on April 5 to celebrate the annual Read Across Oklahoma event at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The 2016 theme, Reading is FinTastic, was inspired by the book Nugget and Fang, penned by Oklahoma author Tammi Sauer. Sauer was on hand throughout the day to read her book about the special friendship between a shark and a minnow.
Children were invited to participate in special activities that included learning how to do a shark dance, making storytelling bracelets, listening to bi-lingual storytelling, making piggy banks, and hearing musical performances by Spaghetti Eddie.  Youngsters and families lined up to receive one of the 2,000 children’s books that were given away to encourage family reading.IMG_7539

Twelve hundred pre-school children at risk for low literacy were special guests at the event, receiving bus transportation to the zoo, free entrance, and copies of the book Nugget and Fang. The children were also treated to hot dog lunches served by more than 100 Target staff members.

IMG_7626According to ODL literacy staff, Kerri McLinn, “Each year, the Read Across Oklahoma event celebrates reading and encourages family reading as a means to build early literacy skills. The event also provides a wonderful opportunity for high school students to get involved as volunteers and mentors.”  This year, more than 150 students from Capitol Hill High School and Metro Technology Center assisted with the event, doing everything to manning activity stations and escorting pre-school classes, to dressing up in costumes and interacting with the children.  McLinn added, “This annual reading celebration would not have been possible without  all the volunteers, sponsors, funders, and  planners.”

Read Across Oklahoma-2016 was sponsored by Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, Metro Technology Center, the Krueger Charitable Foundation, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Target, and many other partners dedicated to promoting a more literate Oklahoma.

The sponsors and planning committee are already gearing up for the 2017 celebration. Stay tuned for more details!