PLS Literacy eNewsletter - August 2013

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PLS Literacy Newsletter


"You cannot open a book without learning something" - Confucius

Dear Visitor,

JaniePLS Literacy would like to welcome two additions to our staff.

Janie Davis is the new Pottawatomie County Literacy coordinator with offices in the Shawnee Public Library. She replaces Beth Lyle who accepted the position of Tecumseh Public Library branch manager.

Janie comes to us most recently from the Jenks Adult Education program where she was a GED instructor. She worked for Shawnee Public Schools as an American history and geography teacher but spent most of her career working for the state Attorney General’s office as a Medicaid fraud investigator. In this capacity she was a licensed peace officer who carried a firearm.

Kiley Ingram, a master’s student in the Library and Information Studies program at the University of Oklahoma, is interning with the Cleveland County Literacy program in Norman for the summer. For the past year she has been volunteering as an assistant in our Tuesday evening Basic Literacy class as well as tutoring a literacy student. Kiley is currently helping with database maintenance, assessing and matching students with tutors, and doing research for our upcoming monthly book club discussion titles.


Literacy Office Moving

Big changes are coming to the Cleveland County Literacy Program.

Many of you may have heard, the administrative offices of the Pioneer Library System are moving from the Norman Library building to the ‘old’ Borders Bookstore site.  While Literacy is staying here, we will be relocating to different offices within the Norman Library.

Sometime in August, we will be moving to the current offices of the PLS Director and her administrative assistant.  When we are settled in we’ll have an open house to show off our new space!

Online Resources

These websites might give you a few new ideas for your tutoring sessions.

Easy Grammar Worksheets
Here you will find reproducible worksheets for anything from 'Adjectives' to 'Mixed Parts of Speech.'

ABC Fast Phonics
This is an easy and fun way for learners of all ages to improve phonics skills. It is meant to be a fun supplement for beginning level readers and English language learners.

Easy World of English
This site breaks down English Language learning into four basic categories: Grammar, Pronunciation, Readings, and Picture Dictionary. Each category has three levels with numerous activites under each level.


Tutoring Tips

Making ‘To Do’ Lists

Discuss and list several activities the student plans to do in the coming weeks.  Discuss the steps that might be taken to work on the activities listed and any deadlines. At the next session, go over them together to see which ones were accomplished, and what activities were done. As soon as possible, integrate a calendar into this project.
There are usually plenty of free calendars available throughout the year, or duplicate a few months of a blank calendar to use. After discussing the days of the week, etc., work on idioms like ‘second Tuesday’ or ‘every other Wednesday.’ Work with the student to mark the calendars with their commitment and to show the daily activities completed between sessions.  It makes for some great discussions!


Students can make a grid on a piece of construction paper large enough to hold small pictures cut from catalogs and magazines.  As the student pastes pictures on the grid, the tutor discusses and points to the items describing what the items are and their use. Once the student is familiar with the words, she can cover the picture with a blank card when you say the word representing that item. Or, encourage the student to say the name of the item and then cover the item with the blank card. Continue until all the pictures are covered. This is also great when learning numbers.

Basic Literacy Tutor Survival Kit. Evelyn Renner and Associates. 2002.


Book Clubs

Odyssey Book & Conversation Club

PicnicIt’s almost time for our annual fall picnic in the park.  Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 10th and join us at Andrews Park.  Festivities begin at 6pm.  Bring your favorite dessert, we’ll provide sandwiches, salads and water.

New Reader's Book Club
Enjoy your summer and join us in the fall as we begin a new series of thought provoking and entertaining book discussions.

McClain County Classes

English as Second Language
Date: Mondays - Aug. 19, 26
Thursdays - Aug. 15, 22, 29
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

ESL Computer Class
Date: Wednesday - Aug. 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

GED Class
Date: Wednesdays - Aug. 7, 14, 21, 29
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

Citizenship Class
Date: Mondays – Aug. 19, 26
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library



As always, don't forget to report your tutoring hours for the month. You may report your volunteer hours online, call 701-2682 or email us at

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