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Good news from the Truckee Library Read Up Program

Rolann Aronson
Literacy Coordinator

As the music of sleigh bells and wishes of and#8220;Merry Christmasand#8221; and and#8220;Happy Hanukkahand#8221; and and#8220;Happy New Yearand#8221; surround us, the Truckee Library Literacy Service extends holiday greetings to the Truckee community.

Many community members have stepped up to the plate and become ESL/literacy tutors during the past year and#8212; 20 to be exact!

Plus 10 tutors who have actively tutored for several years gives a grand total of 30 ESL/literacy tutors currently in the Read Up Program. And, many more community members are currently enrolled as students in the Truckee Library (Nevada Co.) Adult Literacy Program and#8220;Read Upand#8221; and#8211; 38 in fact!

These dedicated individuals, by meeting for an hour or two on a weekly basis and diligently practicing English during the week, have achieved measurable success.

For example, tutor, Suzanne Colletto, reports her student has gained self confidence by improving her English skills. Through a realization of the importance of English, Maria is performing her current job in a much more efficient manner.

Paula Messano, retired teacher from Sacramento, excitedly conveys her student just landed a new job preparing and serving food to skiers at a Truckee area resort and that Juana interviewed in English!

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Tutor and Truckee High School librarian, Jan Polochko, speaks with awe and amazement about how her student, Erika, has just been hired as housekeeping supervisor for another Truckee area resort.

One of our new literacy tutors, Nicole Appel, had a difficult assignment working with an English speaking student with dyslexia who was looking for a new career due to sustaining injuries in the construction field. Appel took the bull by the horns, figuratively speaking, and got her student an interview with a well-known Truckee corporation. Lo and behold, they hired this young man in specialty food preparation and customer service. His depression has lifted. He wishes to continue improving his reading and writing skills.

In addition, a senior tutor celebrating her 10th anniversary in the Adult Literacy Program will tell you a strong belief in her students and their abilities has worked miracles. Two of her students have earned A.A. degrees in Early Childhood Education from Sierra College and are running successful preschools here in Truckee. Another one of her students is a successful employee at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

The Truckee Library Adult Literacy Program, and#8220;Read Upand#8221; has had great success in 2009 and we are looking forward to a great 2010.

If you would like to become a volunteer tutor or student, please call the Truckee Library Literacy Specialist, Rolann Aronson at (530) 575-7030.

Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Storytimes take a Christmas/New Yearand#8217;s break: No storytimes during the weeks of Dec. 21 and 28.