Writers for Literacy Publish Book

On March 31 at 7:00 PM Writers for Literacy will celebrate the publication of Story Pot Luck at a book launch party in the Community Room at Wood Library, 134 North Main Street in Canandaigua. The party is open to the public and refreshments will be served.


Two years in the making, Story Pot Luck is a collection of sixteen stories written by eight local writers who wanted to make a difference. The stories combine easy-to-read low vocabulary fiction with adult themes to appeal to new adult readers. Writers used their imaginations and life experiences to create their stories. Themes include: mysteries, twisted plots, heroes, not-so-nice characters, vampires, bad choices and their consequence, coming to terms with separation, death and loss, and learning to respect and appreciate people for the content of their hearts, not for how they look or what they can do. The stories may be removed from their binders for easy copying. The tutor version includes approximate reading level, vocabulary words and discussion questions.


Retired school teacher Karen Mount, a member of Writers for Literacy, said ‘Many of us take reading for granted. For us, writing on a page has meaning. Adult literacy learners, on the other hand, face challenges when they look at print. Some struggle with a language barrier. Others need skills to make sense of letter and word combinations. Still more have trouble finding stimulating reading materials at levels they can master. We have written, shared, edited and re-written our stories. Now we are ready to put them before the readers.’


Members of Writers for Literacy are: Carmella Battaglia, Mazy Carson, Carol Creswell, Steve Donner, Karen Mount, Annette Mrozak, Jean Trost and Jewel Wink. The audio CD version is read by Michelle Caward and Kathy Morris. Steve Donner illustrated the book with cartoon style full color drawings. The anthology was funded by contributions from the Wood Library Caf’, Bloomfield Rotary, and several anonymous donations.


Complimentary copies of the book and audio CD will be placed at Literacy Volunteer sites in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming and Livingston counties and in eight libraries in the Pioneer Library System that provide literacy services, materials, and tutoring rooms. Library’s receiving copies are: Bloomfield (compliments of Bloomfield Rotary), Geneva, Macedon, Pioneer Library System Headquarters, Wadsworth, Warsaw, Williamson, and Wood Library. Story Pot Luck will be available to readers and tutors at other libraries by interlibrary loan.


A video interview with the members of Writers for Literacy may be viewed on Wood Library’s YouTube Channel <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/woodlibrary”>www.youtube.com/woodlibrary</a> – Read Locally 03-09  in the ‘Adult Programs’ playlist. For more information call Barbara Henry, Adult Services Librarian, at 585-394-1381 or email her at bhenry@pls-net.org.

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