"Frog" Courtesy of Clayre Shaffer, 
Photo Fanatics 4-H Club


Dear Volunteers and Friends,

Last month marked the end of another Fiscal Year for the Literacy Council.  Our volunteers have logged nearly 660 hours of service.  That's about a 40 percent gain over 2011.  Our students have received nearly 300 hours of training.  That's more than double our 2011 number.  Thank you to our fine volunteers for taking the time to help others.  Your hours of tutoring will be remembered and treasured by those you served.

We now need to turn our attention to raising funds to continue to support our program for the next year.  Your suggestions for fundraising activities are welcome, as well as any donation you wish to make.  You may earmark a donation of $100 to provide a student with professional job readiness training.  That is a new service we offer for adults thrust into the job market after divorce or other life-changing ordeal.  Smaller amounts will support our library supply of student workbooks.

I wish to thank Kathy Bryon of Gordon Elwood Foundation for providing office space for our library.  Without her help, we might have been operating out of a storage locker.  I hope Kathy doesn't tire of us as we've grown quite fond of that space.

And thank you, dear reader, for taking the time to browse through this newsletter.  You are more than welcome to send us your comments by writing to our editor.

Bob Burger



    Chair --------------------------------------------- Bob Burger
    Placement --------------------------------------- Liz Koester
    Treasurer --------------------------------- Nancy Calcagno
    Librarian ----------------------------------- Marilyn Wilbur
   Newsletter Editor -----------------------Nancy Calcagno



July ........................................ No Meeting
August................................................ TBA
Sept...................................................... TBA

(These dates are subject to change)


Shadow Reading

As a new volunteer, I was looking for any skill that would be of help to my students.  While talking with some friends, I mentioned what I was doing.  One friend offered the suggestion of "shadow reading" in regards to people with dyslexia.

It's a very simple tool to use.  One merely reads along with the student in a quiet voice so that you can hear what the student is saying, in order to make any corrections if needed.

My current student tells me that it is a great help.  He not only sees the word and hears my voice saying it, but also hears his own.  He says it gives him more confidence to continue.

In some of the training I received, it was mentioned that the teacher should sit on the right side of the student.  In the case of my present student, however, it works better for him if I sit on his left.  Asking the student for their input might be of help.

I don't know how it would work for other reading disabilities, but I think it might work well with ESL students.  If anyone tries this method, it would be helpful to know the results, as well as passing on other tools that work for you.

Your Librarian,
Marilyn Wilbur


L-iberators of the mind,
I-maginations released,
B-athed in knowledge, a
R-aft with which to navigate our lives,
A-bandoning old useless thoughts,
R-allying our powers of reason, and
I-nsight, for
E-nlightening our awareness, and
S-ensitivity to life around us.

We have been gifted by Gail Shaffer with an assortment of audio books on cassette.  Thank you Gail, and our other generous supporters, for your kindness.

Here is the list of audio books.  Feel free to come in and check out (literally or figuratively) these new items.  We also have DVD's, VHS, CD's, games, and puzzles.

After the Fall by Suzanne Somers
An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter
Barbara Bush: A Memoir
Just As I Am by Billy Graham
Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
Lone Eagle by Danielle Steel
Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir by Lorna Luft
My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall
Natural Blonde by Liz Smith
Perfect Murder Perfect Town by Lawrence Schiller
The Royals by Kitty Kelley
A Secret Affair by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Seduction of Hillary Rodham by David Brock
A Sudden Change of Heart by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Kennedy Women by Laurence Leamer
The Testament by John Grisham
Three Weeks in Paris by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Tombstone Courage by J.A. Jance
Where You Belong by Barbara Taylor Bradford
You Belong To Me by Mary Higgins Clark



Numbers for April - June 2012:

Volunteer Hours ------------------- 208.5
Student Hours --------------------- 123.5

Literacy Council of Jackson County
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 531-0166

Website: http://roguelrc.org/litjack
E-mail: literacy@juno.com