PLS Literacy eNewsletter - November 2012

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PLS Literacy Newsletter


DEAR Visitor,

Thank you for all of your hard work. We appreciate all that you do as a tutor to teach English as a second language or basic literacy skills.

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

-Albert Einsein

Goodbye, Daylight Saving Time


 November brings thoughts of pumpkins, falling leaves, and shorter days. This leads to the question: why do we move our clocks forward and back, and, why do some areas of the country stay the same all year round?

According to the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, and National Geographic News the answer is simple. First suggested by Benjamin Franklin while serving as ambassador to France, it was officially preposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and implemented during the First World War. Daylight Saving Time was devised to make evenings have more daylight and mornings to have less. While we tend to think of it as an American invention, many countries have used it at various times.

The practice has its benefits and drawbacks. Making evenings "longer" benefits retailing and sports and reduces evening usage of artificial lighting thereby saving energy. However, it can also disrupt travel, sleep patterns, clocks and outdoor activities that depend on darkness for better effects.

The federal government doesn't require U.S. states or territories to observe this ritual.

While it remains controversial, David Prerau, author of Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time reports that most people are fond of it and wouldn't change a thing. For a lot of people the first day of daylight saving time is really like the first day of Spring.

Be sure to set your clocks back on November 4th!

Tip of the Month: Tell me a Picture


Whether it's the tutor describing a picture to a student, or vice versa, this can be great fun! Select a picture, perhaps from a picture dictionary or a local newspaper - but don't show it to your student. For lower level students, the tutor describes the picture and the student tries to draw it. The student can ask any question he or she wants, but the tutor can't show the student the picture. It's great fun to see how the verbal description is translated onto paper. As your student becomes more fluent, reverse the roles.

Evelyn Renner, Basic Literacy Tutor Survival Kit

Save the Date

Date: December 6, 2012

Time: 6-8 P.M.

Location: Norman Public Library

               Lowry Meeting Room

It will soon be time for the annual holiday party hosted by the Altrusa Club of Norman. All tutors, students, volunteers and families of the Cleveland County Literacy Program are invited and encouraged to attend.


Odyssey Book and Conversation Club

Book: Erika'a Story by Ruth Vander Zee
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Norman Library - 
Room A/B

Ruth Vander Zee’s elegant prose and Roberto Innocenti’s stark illustrations combine to tell the tale of a mother’s wrenching decision to save her baby from the gas chambers of Dachau. Join us as we discuss this memorable book based on a true story.

New Readers Book Club

Book: Starry Messenger by Peter Sis
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: Shawnee Public Library

All tutors and students are welcome to attend.  Come practice reading and conversation skills.  Pick up a copy of the book ahead of time for you and your student.  For more information, contact Beth Lyle at 273-3334 or bethlyle@




Tutor Cafe

Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Time: 4pm
Location: Shawnee Public Library
This month's topic is promoting health literacy with our students

Saturday Morning Math @ the Shawnee Library

Date: Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Location: Shawnee Public Library

Due to popular demand, Saturday Morning Math is continuing through November.  Register online or call the literacy office at 273-3334 to reserve a space.

Classes @ the Purcell Public Library

English as a Second Language Class
Date:  Mondays November 5, 19, 26
Thursday, November 1, 8, 15, 29
Time:  7 – 8 p.m.
Location:  Purcell Public Library
GED Class
Date:  Wednesdays
Time:  6-9 p.m.
Location:  Purcell Public Library
Citizenship Class
Date: Mondays (except November 12)
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

Gentle Reminder

As always, don't forget to give us your tutoring hours for November. You may click on the link below, call or email us at 701-2682 or

Thank you!

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