On June 15th, 2019, 135 adult learners, their tutors, their families, and members of the community gathered at the Contemporary Club for the Celebration of Authors, an event that honors the original work of adult learners from the Redlands Adult Literacy Program.
At the celebration, the authors received copies of Our Stories, A Collection of Writings, Volume 2, the second anthology of adult learner writings. Diane Shimota, the adult literacy coordinator, shared that the anthology “provides an opportunity for adult learners to write stories from their hearts, choosing just the right words to express themselves, and then to share those stories with the broader community.”
Over 40 adult learners and three tutors contributed works for the anthology. The works focused on the learners’ inspirations, journeys to literacy, personal reflections, family and friends, memories and adventures and reflections about books the learners had read.
Copies of the 2018 and 2019 anthologies are available for checkout at A. K. Smiley Public Library. Please take a moment and read about the fascinating lives of adult learners.
The Redlands Adult Literacy Program relies on its wonderful volunteer tutors. The next volunteer tutor orientation is September 30, 2019, at 6 pm at the A.K. Smiley Public Library.
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please contact the Redlands Adult Literacy Program at (909)798-7565 ext. 4138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of someone who needs help in reading and writing, please encourage them to take the first step in changing their lives by contacting the Redlands Adult Literacy Program.