Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Join Your Fellow Tutors at an Upcoming Roundtable

Project Read's monthly Tutor Roundtable meetings are an opportunity for volunteers to engage in an open and rewarding discussion with other tutors and Project Read staff. At these informal meetings, you'll be able to share your success stories and offer encouragement to your fellow tutors. You will also pick-up some fresh instructional strategies to enhance your tutoring skills. And of course, we will provide some tasty pizza and drinks to support the conversation. 

Here are upcoming Tutor Roundtable dates for the last few months of 2014. These meetings will be held in the Conference Room of the Project Read office up until the new literacy and learning center opens sometime in September, then they will be held in that 5th Fl. location.

Tuesday, July 8 - 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 2 - 1:00 PM

Saturday, October 4 - 1:00 PM

Tuesday, November 18 - 7:00 PM

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Digital Digi-Pals -- Help with your cellphone, tablet, or laptop

Digital Device Drop-in
Presented by Brian, Randy and our tech-savvy teens.

Learn some helpful tips for making the most of your 
cell phone, tablet, laptop or other digital device.

If you bring it in, we’ll do our best to figure it out.

Wednesday, July 9
6:00 to 7:30 pm

Main Library, Project Read Conference Room and Computer Lab

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Join the Project Read Wednesday Night Readers Book Club

This is the reading schedule for Project Read's learner and tutor book club for the second half of 2014. Tutor-learner teams are encouraged to pick up FREE books and audio books (yours to keep). All we ask is that learners who take these materials make plans to join the lively and rewarding discussions held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. We make the unabridged audio books available so that learners at any reading level can take part in these book discussions.

The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge (books/audio available June 25, discussion on July 30)
Bainbridge vividly re-creates Robert Scott's early-twentieth-century journey to Antarctica in a fictional account narrated by the imagined voices of Scott and four members of his expedition who were destined to die with their leader. The emotional lives and complex relationships of these five men are beautifully rendered, with passages illuminated by the spiritual and pensive musings of each individual. Bainbridge's richly conceived tale portrays the adverse conditions from the doomed adventure's beginnings. (189 pages)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (books/audio available July 30, discussion Aug. 27)
 Henry Lee is a Chinese-American in Seattle who, in 1986, has just lost his wife to cancer. Henry hears that the belongings of Japanese immigrants interned during WWII have been found in the basement of the Panama Hotel. As the hotel owner displays objects owned by Japanese internees, Henry recalls the difficulties of life in America during WWII, when he and his Japanese-American school friend, Keiko, wandered through wartime Seattle. Keiko and her family are later interned in a camp, and Henry, horrified by America's anti-Japanese hysteria, is further conflicted because of his Chinese father's anti-Japanese sentiment. (290 pages)

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (books/audio available August 27, discussion on September 24)
Each chapter of screenwriter Esquivel's utterly charming interpretation of life in turn-of-the-century Mexico begins with a recipe--not surprisingly, since so much of the action of this exquisite first novel (a bestseller in Mexico) centers around the kitchen, the heart and soul of a traditional Mexican family. The youngest daughter of a well-born rancher, Tita has always known her destiny: to remain single and care for her aging mother. When she falls in love, her mother quickly scotches the liaison and tyrannically dictates that Tita's sister Rosaura must marry the luckless suitor, Pedro, in her place. But Tita has one weapon left--her cooking.  (256 pages)

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (books/audio available September 24, discussion on Oct.29)
In rural Mississippi in the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town. Twenty years later, Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friends are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades. (272 pages)

White Fang by Jack London (books/audio available October 29, discussion on December 3)
Up in the frozen north, life is harsh & dangerous. But this is where White Fang, the wolf-dog, feels at home - in the wild. When White Fang lives among man-animals, he must learn to fend for himself. And when he finds himself with a man who is kind to him, he must learn to love. (343 pages – approximate 5th grade reading level)

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In Memory of the Founding Director of Project Read

Barbara Bush and Olive Gamble Waugh
during Mrs. Bush's visit to Project Read in 1985

In memory of Olive “Babs” Wilbur Gamble Waugh: August 26, 1926 -May 2, 2014.

Babs had a special interest in children, literacy and education and was a generous member of Friends since 1965. She was involved in Friends’ creation of Project Read, a free literacy tutoring program for adults. She also served on the San Francisco Library Foundation Board, organizing its first Library Laureates Dinner in 1997.

We thank Babs for her loving dedication to the library and Project Read.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Voting Workshop for Adult Learners - May 7: 6:00 PM

Presented by San Francisco Department of Elections Staff


Be prepared for the Primary Election on June 3.

  • Learn more about the new “open primary” election.
  • Find out where, when, and how you can vote.
  • Complete your voter registration in time for Election Day.

Wednesday, May 7
6:00 — 7:00 p.m.

Project Read Conference Room — 2nd. Floor

Please call (415) 557-4388 if you plan to attend.



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Health Care Workshop for Project Read Learners

What Does Health Care Reform
  Mean for You?

Going into effect in January, 2014, Covered California is the marketplace where Californians will be able to purchase health insurance coverage under the federally-mandated Affordable Care Act. We are offering this workshop a second time because the open enrollment period for Covered California will end on March 31, 2014.

Join a representative from San Francisco Health Plan to discuss your health care options available through Covered California, Medi-Cal, and Healthy San Francisco.

Wednesday, March 5
6:00 PM
Project Read Conference Room


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Weekly Newspaper Written for Adult Learners


News for You, a weekly newspaper written for adult learners and published by New Readers Press, is now available in the Project Read office. This four-page newspaper contains easy-to-read stories about national events, sports, and famous people, as well as special features.  Included with each weekly edition are comprehension questions and and instructional activities to support the written material.

These FREE newspapers can be found in the waiting area of the Project Read office.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Join the Wednesday Night Readers Book Club in 2014

This is the reading schedule for Project Read's learner & tutor book club for the first half of 2014. Tutor-learner teams are encouraged to pick up FREE books and audio books (yours to keep). All we ask is that learners taking these materials make plans to join the lively and rewarding discussions held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. We make the unabridged audio books available so that learners at any reading level can take part in these book discussions.  Books also come with comprehension/discussion questions for tutor-learner teams to use during their tutoring sessions.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (books/audio available on January 29 for meeting on February 26)
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing. (206 pages)

Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare (books/audio available on February 26 for meeting on March 26)  
This play explores the premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances, thus, "six degrees of separation".  The plot of the play was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a con man who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier.  After the play became a dramatic and financial success, Hampton was tried and acquitted for harassment of the plays author. Apparently he believed that he was due a share of the play’s profits that he ultimately never received. (72 pages)

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (book/audio available on March 26 for meeting on April 30)
Sarah's Key follows the story of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in France, who is assigned to complete an article on the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup in France as well as the story of Sarah, a young girl, who experienced the roundup first hand. The novel explores France's role in World War II and shines light on an otherwise scarcely remembered tragedy of the Holocaust. While most novels about the Holocaust delve into its horrors, Sarah's Key delves into the effects of the Holocaust that are still felt decades later by the French.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow (books/audio available on April 30 for meeting  on May 28)
Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop. Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way. It’s there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity. This searing and heart-wrenching portrait of a young biracial girl dealing with society’s ideas of race and class is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice. (272 pages)

Balzac and the Little Chinese Princess by Dai Sijie (books/audio available on May 28 for meeting on June 25)
This story follows the lives of two teens, Luo and his best friend (the unnamed narrator of the novel), who have been sent to a small Chinese village for "re-education" during Mao's Cultural Revolution. Sons of doctors and dentists, their days are now spent moving buckets of excrement up the mountainside and mining coal. But the boys receive a bit of a reprieve when the villagers discover their talents as storytellers; they are sent on monthly trips to town watch movies and relate the details on their return. It is here that they encounter the little seamstress of the title, whom Luo falls for instantly. When, through a series of comic and clever tricks and favors, the boys acquire a suitcase full of forbidden Western literature, Luo decides to "re-educate" the ignorant girl whom he hopes will become his intellectual match. That a bit of Balzac can have an aphrodisiac effect is a happy bonus. (197 pages)

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