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April 21, 2014

Club to spotlight literacy

NORMAN — The Altrusa International Club of Norman will sponsor its “Red Dirt Roundup” event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lowry Room of the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster Ave.

Altrusa has a long-standing support of literacy in the community, and the event is designed as an informational program about the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Department.

PLS offers literacy training for adult learners, both native English speakers and those learning English as a second language. Students are paired with volunteer tutors for one-on-one sessions.

Prospective tutors must take part in training before being placed with a student. Tutors must be age 18 or older and be high school graduates. Tutors will receive information at the tutoring session as well as a plan to follow as they work with their students.

The need for volunteer tutors is constant. Altrusa invites local residents and organizations to attend “Red Dirt Roundup” to learn more about the PLS literacy program.

“The Norman community has a long standing commitment to volunteerism,” said Becky Aguilar, president of Altrusa International of Norman. “We are fortunate in that many local businesses and organizations encourage this commitment. The sharing of our time and talents benefits both those who receive and those who give. It improves all facets of our community.”

To attend the event, RSVP with Anne Schommer, service chair of Altrusa, by calling 321-3997.

For more information on adult literacy services through the library, call Jane Douglass at 701-2682.

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