Parent Workshop

How To Promote Reading In The Home



The Parent Workshop gives parents tools to effectively work with their children and to develop literacy skills needed for school success.

The workshop is approximately an hour and a half in length. Parents and child are encouraged to attend the workshop together, depending on the child’s maturity level. Different techniques are utilized to encourage parents and their child to spend time together. Some of the activities include: Letter Swap, Alphabet picture book, Sound Clapping and the Color of Sound. Parents will also be given tips on how to read aloud to their child and how to use the library as a way to support their child’s reading development.

We want to eliminate illiteracy by concentrating on the very young. I hope that you will join us in this effort as we strive to give children enriching and stimulating experiences to nurture their growth, development and learning.

We are excited about this wonderful new venture and look forward to discussing ways of working together. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions.

Reading Tips

Sharing books with children is a wonderful experience, whether you are a parent, a teacher, or a volunteer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you read:


Plan to read for about 20 minutes. Young children can have short attention spans.

Look over the book before you read it. If you are familiar with the story, you will read it better. If you are familiar with the illustrations, you will be able to point out interesting or humorous things.

Make sure everyone is comfortable. Sit close enough so everyone is able to see and hear what you are reading.

Start with the cover. Read the title and the author’s name. Talk about the cover and answer questions before you begin reading.

Read with feeling. Read slowly and change your voice for different characters. The more expressive you are, the more you will hold the children’s attention.

Reading is not a race! Take your time reading, point to interesting pictures in the book, and give the children time to explore the book with you.

Let the children join in. If the story lends itself to sing-a-longs or chants, encourage the children to participate as you read.

Adapt the story to the needs of your audience. It’s okay to leave out words or tell the story in your own words if the story seems too long.

Finish the story. Children like a sense of completion. If the book is too long to finish in one sitting, pick a logical point to stop and finish it during your next read-aloud time.

Make the story meaningful to your audience. Help the children relate to the story and characters by connecting them to something in their own lives.


A child’s book is something special, uniquely rewarding, and pleasurable. It is never too soon to introduce children to books. Here are some basic points about specific age groups to keep in mind when you are choosing a child’s book:


Why You Should Share Books



Helps create a special bond between parents and children.

Introduces children to art through the illustrations.

Enhances children’s listening skills.

Introduces children to a wide variety of experiences.

Helps prepare children for learning to read.

Improves and enriches the quality of children’s lives.

Provides fun and enjoyment for children and adults.


When To Share Books



Begin when your child is born.

Set aside a special time each day, such as nap time, bedtime, or after meals.

Share books when you and your child are in a relaxed mood.

Limit time if your child becomes fussy or restless.

Take advantage of “waiting” times to share books on trips, at the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store.

Soothe a child who is sick or cranky.


How To Share Books



Find a comfortable place to sit (a rocking chair is wonderful).

Recite or sing rhymes from your favorite books.

Turn off other distractions such as television, radio, or stereo.

Hold the book so your child can see the pages clearly.

Involve your child by having him or her point out objects, talk about the pictures, or repeat common words.

Read with expression.

Vary the pace of your reading between slow and fast.

Find other titles by the authors and illustrators of your child’s favorite books.

Have your child select books to read.

Reread your child’s favorite books whenever asked.


How To Use The Library



Encourage kids to explore the public library and remember that children and teens are naturally attracted to materials intended for them. They are generally not attracted to materials that are too advanced for their reading or maturity levels.


Provide clear guidelines for children. Let them know if there are subjects or areas that you prefer to be off limits and explain why.


Introduce children to the library and encourage them to seek guidance. The American Library Association and many local libraries publish helpful lists of award-winning children’s books and other guides to good reading for all ages.


Familiarize yourself with the library materials children bring home with them. Review all reading lists sent home by classroom teachers and help your child find some of the listed books at the library.


Talk with children about what they are reading. This will give you insight into their special interests and concerns.


Learn more about how to evaluate children’s books. Most libraries provide books and brochures with guidelines about what is appropriate and appealing at various ages.


Remember, the library is a public place. Adults should accompany young children to the library.


And Remember…




Be enthusiastic about books.

Be an example for your child by letting her or him see you read books.

Keep a wide selection of reading materials at home.

Be aware of your child’s reading interests.

Give books as presents.

Begin to build a child’s home library.

Get to know the children’s librarian at your local public library.

Use your local library regularly and register your child for a library card.

500 Men Reading Week

500 Men Reading 2015

 

January 12, 2016

Attention Men:

The 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration with Ron Claiborne

The American Literacy Corporation (ALC) announces The 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration with Ron Claiborne of ABC Good Morning America and Michael Young of PinnacleHealth as chairman.  The program is held February 29 thru March 5 in school districts and libraries in central PA.  The purpose of the 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration is to provide an opportunity for men to read to elementary students and share with middle and high school students about career paths.  Ron Claiborne will participate on Tuesday, March 1st in the Harrisburg School District.

New this year – We are partnering with John Harris High School to send men from various professions to the school to share with the students about career paths. 

Please use the links below to sign up for either the reading at elementary and Middle Schools or the Career Exploration at John Harris High School.  This program can only work with your help.  Please sign up today!

The ALC has coordinated the program since November of 2008.  Last year, approximately 503 men signed up to read. The program continues to draw men from diverse backgrounds.  The majority of the men participate year after year while inviting others to participate.  The program has become an effective way for men, in the school and library setting, to encourage children to read and be positive role models.

The 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration is a program of The ALC which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  The mission of the ALC is to partner with community-based organizations, and other institutions with programs targeting educational enhancement and development for elementary-aged students.  Since January 2001, the ALC has partnered with various organizations to encourage over 185,000 children to read.

Thank you for investing in our children and community.  If you have any questions, please contact me at (717) 580-5429 or for the Career Exploration Leland Nelson at (717) 554-0586.

Sincerely,

 

Floyd Stokes                         Mike Young                          Ron Claiborne

Executive Director               CEO, PinnacleHealth         Reporter and Anchor, GMA

 

 

 

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Ron Claiborne is the news anchor for ABC News’ weekend edition of “Good Morning America.”

Claiborne joined ABC News in 1986. In addition to his news anchor duties, he is a general assignment correspondent based in New York, reporting for “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Good Morning America.” Claiborne has previously worked in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Boston bureaus of ABC News. He has also covered international stories in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, China, South America, Africa and Europe.

In 2007 and 2008, Claiborne covered the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. He has also covered such stories as the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in 2002 and 2003, the Elian Gonzalez custody case in Miami in 1999 to 2000, the Yugoslavia conflict in Belgrade in 1999, the 2000 Bush presidential campaign, the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. During the 2003 Iraq War, he reported from the Persian Gulf region and was “embedded” on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

Claiborne was part of the ABC News team that won a 2000 Emmy Award for coverage of the seizure of Elian Gonzalez in Miami. In 2003, he was an Ochberg Fellow with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, affiliated with the University of Washington.

Prior to joining ABC News, he was a general assignment correspondent for WNYW-TV, New York from 1982 to 1986. He was a reporter for the New York Daily News from 1980 to 1982 and a reporter and national editor for United Press International in New York, from 1977 until 1980.

Claiborne earned an MS in journalism in 1975 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He received a BA in psychology from Yale University in 1974. He is a native of San Francisco, Calif., and grew up in Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles.

 

Click Here to Register for the 500 Men Reading Week

 

ALC In The Media

ABC-27 News Spotlight Featuring Floyd Stokes

James Patterson Page Turner Award:
Press Release


New York, NY, May 12, 2008: James Patterson announced today that Floyd Stokes, National Educator in Harrisburg, PA is one of eleven individuals nationwide who received the 3rd annual James Patterson Page Turner Award. There were also 23 organizations recognized in the U. S. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $250,000. Among them are libraries, schools, bookstores, and innovative individuals and organizations that go to extraordinary lengths to spread the FUN of books and reading across the country.


Floyd Stokes is the founder and Executive Director of the American Literacy Corporation (ALC), which is a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of reading to elementary-age students up to 5th grade. SuperReader is one of programs of the ALC. Since 2001, SuperReader has performed for over 70,000 children in Arkansas, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, D. C. He has also performed several times at halftime at the Philadelphia 76ers game.


Mr. Stokes has received numerous awards for his service to the community to include his former high school, John F. Kennedy High School in Mound Bayou, MS renaming the library The Floyd “SuperReader” Stokes Library on September 2, 2007. “I am honored that James Patterson selected me for promoting literacy. I have been a fan of his for a long time. It was such a pleasant surprise,” says Stokes. “I am thankful to my family, board members, volunteers, sponsors, and the community for their support over the years but there is much work to be done. We must continue to work to prepare our children for the rough road ahead.” In 2007, Mr. Stokes released his first children’s book, “Teddy, The Hungry Little Bear”. To purchase a copy or for more information, please visit: www.superreaders.org .


With recent reports showing a decline in reading among adults and teens, and federal budget cuts reducing book distribution, the promotion of books and reading is more important than ever. James Patterson’s true passion has always been to get people of all ages excited about books and reading, and for years he has proudly supported people and organizations who dedicate themselves to keeping the fun and excitement of books and reading alive.


Patterson says: “This year’s winners are doing great work and at a time when getting people excited about reading and books is especially important. I’m thrilled to help them do what they do so well.” The winners truly embody the spirit and energy of the Page Turner Awards — to spread the excitement of books and reading as far and wide as is humanly possible. And for that, we salute them all!


For more information about the 2007 winners, please visit: www.pattersonpageturner.org
Or contact Michelle Aielli at 212-364-1223, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

Awards & Honors

2010

2010 Reily Award – YWCA Harrisburg, PA

Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

AKA Charting the Course Award.


2009

Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. – Honorary Senior Salute Award

Central Penn College – Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Harrisburg Public School Foundation – Volunteer Award


2008

Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs The Nguzo Saba Award

Omega Psi Phi Harrisburg Chapter – Citizen of the Year Award

Capital Area Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC) Polished Apple Award (The first non-teacher to receive this award)

James Patterson Page Turner Award


2007

John F. Kennedy High School in Mound Bayou, MS renaming the library the Floyd “SuperReader” Stokes Library

Estamos Unidos/Dauphin County – Community Service Award

Pride of the Neighborhood – Certificate of Recognition

A. W. James – Community Service Award

Harrisburg Mayor Comission on Literacy -Champion of Literacy Award.

Global Outreach Ministry- Caught in the Act Award –


2003

Life Esteem – Harambee Award Kuumba (Creativity)

NAACP Carlisle Chapter -Those Who Make a Difference Award


2002

The Key to the City of Steelton


2000

House of Representatives Citation for the Carlisle Unity Celebration

The American Civil Liberties Union 2000 Civil Liberties Award


1999

CPARC Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month Proclamation from the Governor of Pennsylvania


1998

Wilson Middle School Volunteer of the Year

Independent Living Retreat Letter of Appreciation


1996-97

Leadership Carlisle Outstanding Alumni The Monty Shoemaker Award

Carlisle Businessman Finest

Teddy, The Hungry Little Bear

Get your hands on the best selling children’s book

AVAILABLE NOW!

“Teddy, The Hungry Little Bear”

by Floyd Stokes and illustrated by Cheryl Kugler.

Features a bear named Teddy who wakes from a deep winter sleep. He is having a good time counting and eating delicious and colorful fruits. Pre-school readers will enjoy counting, looking at the brilliant colors and discovering the “special guest” on each page.


$9.95

Plus Shipping & Handling





Say Ahh! The Teeth Book

Get your hands on the best selling children’s book

AVAILABLE NOW!

“Say Ahh! The Teeth Book”

by Floyd Stokes and illustrated by Mikal Worley.

This beautiful children’s book features a variety of animals giving tips to children on how to take care of their teeth. Animals such as a lion, bear, shark, Narwhal and beaver are showing off their teeth in a big way that’s sure to capture the children’s attention. Facts about each animal’s teeth are also shared.

Purchase a copy of “Say Ahh! The Teeth Book” and help support the efforts of the American Literacy Corporation, Floyd and Mikell.


$9.95





Popcorn! Popcorn!

Get your hands on the best selling children’s book

AVAILABLE NOW!

“Popcorn! Popcorn!”

by Floyd Stokes and illustrated by Stephanie Lewis.

is a book about the joy of popping and eating popcorn. It features mom popping popcorn. The popcorn lands in the most unusual places. It then turns into some very interesting animals. Popcorn, one of America’s favorite snacks, is an action packed fun filled book for children of all ages. This book is sure to get children up and moving with the animals.


$12.95





ALC Events

2015

The 500 Men Reading Week

 

2013

ALC Annual Dinner 2013

This is For The Birds Contest

Noon Years Eve Party

13th Annual Children’s Literacy Festival

 

2012

12th Annual Children’s Literacy Festival

11th Annual Library Tour

Princess/Pirate Pinata Party

Dr. Suess Birthday Celebration and Pancake Breakfast

 

2011

My Glasses Book Signing

My Glasses Release Party

 

2010

2010 Annual Dinner

2010 50 State Library Tour

10th Annual Children’s Literacy Festival

Teddy, The Hungry Little Bear Book Signing

Get Bugged Farmers Market Party