NOVEMBER 1st, National Family Literacy Day

In 1994, Congress designated November first each year as a day to celebrate family literacy. Across the US, families engage in literary activities by reading aloud together, parents and grandparents writing their life stories and having children read them aloud, reading a book over the coming week (with copies for each member of the family) then getting together on Saturday night to discuss it, and recommending books to each other. The Day brings the family together to celebrate the joys of reading.

The benefits of gathering together to read and write are innumerable. Let today be less about laptops and mobile devices and more about books.


Literacy word cloud collage, education concept background



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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