PLS Literacy eNewsletter - May 2012

This email contains graphics, so if you don't see them, view it in your browser.
You can also FORWARD this eNewsletter to a friend.

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 May 2012 edition of the PLS Literacy eNewsletter. We hope this will provide you with valuable information about literacy events available for both tutors and students.



TANF Program Receives Award

The Pottawatomie County Literacy Program’s New Horizons TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families) Literacy class was chosen as the recipient of the 2012 Ruth Brown Memorial Award. This award is given by the Oklahoma Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Roundtable to recognize programs that address issues of social concern.

TANF recipients who have low reading or math levels are referred to the 30 hour a week literacy class where group and individualized instruction is offered by instructor Lori Chesser.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to the Oklahoma Library Association and all of our wonderful literacy partners who make this program possible:  the Pioneer Library System, The Oklahoma Department of Libraries Literacy Resource Office and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tip Of The Month

Make the Most of Everyday Text

There are many forms of text all around us from store signs and road maps to package labels and DVR manuals.  You can bring some of this text to your weekly lessons.  The following are just a few examples:

  • Phone books:  you can find a lot of things in here, especially if you are trying to get your students acquainted with their community. phone book Included are: descriptions of points of interest- including historic sites and entertainment venues; a community calendar of events; a listing of school and library locations; a city map and government offices.  
  • Newspapers:  look at classified ads, practice writing a letter to the editor, look for short sports, gardening or human interest articles to discuss.
  • Household papers:  receipts, owner manuals for cars or appliances, brochures, catalogs, junk mail, ads and menus are all useful examples of everyday text.

Tutor Roundtable

Topic: Teaching Beginning and Advanced Students

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Start Time: 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.

Location: Norman Public Library Room A/B

Whether your student is in the Basic Literacy or English as a Second Language program, is at the beginning level or more advanced, we have materials, tips and strategies to help in your tutoring adventure.  We’re here to answer your questions and exchange ideas!


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.

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.

ESL Classes

English as a Second Language Class

Date: Mondays & Thursdays

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.

Tutor Cafe

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Shawnee Public Library Computer Training Center

Tutor Café is meeting on a new date and time! Join us for coffee, cookies and an opportunity to meet other tutors and exchange ideas.  This month’s topics are:  Setting goals with your student using ‘Smarter Plans’ and  How to use eReaders (Kindles and Nooks) with your students.  For more information contact Beth at 273-3334.

Book Clubs

Odyssey Book Club

BookComing On Home Soon by Coming On Home Soon coverJacqueline Woodson

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Norman Public Library Lowry Room

Odyssey Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month.  In May we will be discussing the Caldecott Honor book, Coming On Home Soon.  Set during World War II, young Ada Ruth waits with her grandmother for the return of her mother, who left home in search of a job. Words and illustrations combine beautifully to bring to life the loneliness and anticipation they feel as they wait for her return.  To reserve your copy call or email the Literacy Office at 701-2682 or

New Readers Book Club

Book: Tea With Milk by Allen Say Tea With Milk cover

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 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

Gentle Reminder
Don’t forget to give us your tutoring hours for April.  You may click on the link below, call or email us at 701-2682 or Thank you!



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




The Literacy eNewsletter is a monthly emailing from the Pioneer Library System, headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma.  You are receiving this email because you indicated interest in receiving literacy email updates.