PLS Literacy eNewsletter

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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.

This is the first edition of the PLS Literacy eNewsletter. We hope this will provide you with valuable information about literacy events available for both tutors and students.



Tutor Roundtable

Topic: Learning Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Start Time: 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.
Location: Norman Public Library Room A/B

Join us this month as we discuss Learning Disabilities and the benefits of reading aloud with your student. It has been proven that listening to stories enhances vocabularies, helps the listener build background knowledge, increases comprehension, and fosters critical thinking skills and a desire to read. Learn about this and other tutoring tips and techniques at this month’s Roundtable.

Citizenship Class

Date: Mondays
Time: 6 p.m - 7 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

Immigrants who would like to become U.S. citizens can learn information that is on the citizenship test.

ESL Classes

English as a Second Language Class
Date: Mondays
Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

All students are invited to attend this class and improve their English speaking and writing skills.

English Conversation Class
Date: Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Shawnee Public Library Conference Room

English as a Second Language Conversation classes. We read books and newspapers and discuss current events to practice reading and speaking in English. We also review new vocabulary and enjoy learning something about all of the cultures represented in the class. The students appreciate having English speakers to practice their conversation skills on, so all tutors are invited to join us.

GED Class

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from 7-8 the Purcell Library will host General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes for those who would like to prepare for the test.

Tutor Cafe

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Shawnee Public Library Conference Room

Tutor Cafe is meeting on a new date and at a new time! Join us for coffee, cookies, and an opportunity to meet other tutors and exchange ideas. We will also be reviewing new resources such as the reading pen, e-readers, and computer books.


Book Clubs

Odyssey Book Club
BookStarry Messenger by Peter Sis
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Norman Public Library Lowry Room

Be sure to pick up a copy ahead of time for you and your student to read. To reserve your copy call or email the Literacy Office at 701-2682 or This is an excellent opportunity to connect with other tutors and for your student to practice conversational skills. Mark the second Tuesday of every month on your calendars as book and conversation club night.


New Readers Book Club
Book: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Shawnee Public Library Conference Room

All tutors and students are welcome to attend. Come practice reading and conversations skills. Pick up a copy ahead of time for you and your student. For more information, contact the Pott. County Literacy Office at 273-3334 or


PLS Big Read Book Club

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.

Coming up in April is discussion of the PLS Big Read book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Be sure to reserve a copy and join us to talk about the book. Back by popular demand is guest speaker Cindy Stevens, a librarian at the PLS Center for Reader Services.


For your convenience, you can now report your volunteer hours online! Click here to report your hours.




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