Weller—Author—Writer—Lecturer—Teacher—to Explore the Fascinating Life of Ray Bradbury
As a part of The Big
Read, Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller will be lecturing at the Warsaw Public Library on April 15th at 4:00 p.m. and at
the North Webster Public Library on April 16th at 6:30 p.m. Weller
will explore the life and literary works of Ray Bradbury. Bradbury
loved books, libraries, and the creative process. Presented
by Kosciusko Literacy Services, the lectures are free and open to the public.
While writing a story
for the Chicago Tribune Magazine, Weller met Ray Bradbury and subsequently interviewed him, his editors, family members, and
friends. With access to Bradbury’s private archives,
Weller uncovered unpublished letters, documents, and photographs that weave the story of Bradbury’s literary genius
and creative style.
Sam Weller is an authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury. Weller’s book The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury was a Los
Angeles Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography, and a Bram Stoker Award
finalist. Weller wrote the companion book, Listen to the Echoes:
The Ray Bradbury Interviews, which was published in 2010. Weller
co-edited the anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, which won the Bram Stoker Award for “Superior
Achievement in Anthology.” A former correspondent for
Publishers Weekly magazine, Weller has also written for the Paris Review, the National Public Radio Program All Things Considered,
and Slate magazine. His short fiction has appeared in numerous
books and journals. Weller is currently the Associate Chair
and an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.
Learning of Ray Bradbury’s
life will inspire writers and readers. As a child, Bradbury
was a fan of magicians and an insatiable reader of adventure and fantasy fiction. Bradbury especially enjoyed the writings of L. Frank Baum, Jules Verne, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. While participating in his high school's drama club, Bradbury met Hollywood celebrities. In addition, Bradbury would hand his scripts to celebrities as they left the
Brown Derby restaurant. This tenacity resulted in his first
official pay as a writer for contributing a joke to the Burns & Allen Show. Graduating in 1938, Bradbury could not afford to go to college. Instead, he read all the books from the local library. Bradbury
claimed to have graduated from the library, “Libraries raised me. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression, and we had no money.
I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”
work, Fahrenheit 451, published during the era of McCarthyism, was destined to become a classic due to the trajectories of
censorship, conformity, and intellectualism versus entertainment. Bradbury
projected the trends of the 1950s into a futuristic society and presented a culture where these movements led to dire consequences. Bradbury understood, “You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Kosciusko Literacy Services invites
the community to read The Big Read’s Fahrenheit 451 and join book discussions and special events. Free copies of the book are available at the six public libraries and at other
locations. Additional activities, such as contests, movie screenings
at local libraries, and book discussions, are scheduled. Details
are available at www.kcread.org. The Big Read is a program of the National
Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Additional
sponsors are the TCU Foundation and Indiana Humanities.
|Censorship on Trial Launches The Big Read
(left to right) Lori Roe, Rebecca Faught, Moderator Tony Garza, Steve Henn, and Jack Musgrave discuss censorship for launch
of The Big Read in Kosciusko County. Jack Musgrave gave a review of the 1977 book burning in Warsaw and the implications
for teachers and educators. The panelists continued the discussion by answering questions on the banning and censoring
of books, art, religious or political icons and using political correctness as censorship. The role of
free speech in a free society was examined as was the role of the internet.
|Center Lake Park, Warsaw, Indiana, 1977
Did you know that Warsaw, Indiana, has had two book burnings? Kosciusko Literacy Services will launch
The Big Read featuring Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 on March 16th, with Censorship On Trial.
The panel will explore the role of censorship and will tackle the topic-should books be banned?
Jack Musgrave, a retired teacher who experienced the 1977 Warsaw book burning; Steve Henn,
a teacher and author of The 30th Anniversary Warsaw Community Commemorative Book Burning; and Lori
Roe and Rebecca Faught, professors at Ivy Tech Community College.
Join the community book read and come
to Censorship on Trial at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2015, in the Old Courtroom at the Kosciusko County Courthouse.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in
partnership with Arts Midwest. Indiana Humanities and the
TCU Foundation are also sponsors of The Big Read.
(Photo by Michael Myers, Warsaw Times Union, December 15, 1977.)
The Altrusa Club of Warsaw labeled books for Kosciusko Literacy
Services’ Read to Grow Children's Book Club program. The women labeled nearly 3000 books. The Read to Grow
Children's Book Club provides one book a month to each preschool child who is living below the 150% of the poverty level.
Current enrollment is over 600 children. By placing the books in the home, Kosciusko Literacy Services addresses
one of the main reasons children have low skills when entering school—the lack of reading material in the home.
The parents sign an agreement to read regularly to their child. Reading to children at an early age helps the child’s
brain to develop language and reading skills.
Kosciusko Literacy Services’ Read to Grow
Children's Book Club is an on-going program addressing the lack
of basic skills low-income children have when entering the school system. The Read to Grow Children's Book Club
provides one book a month to each registered, preschool child who is living at or below the 150% of the poverty level.
This program helps the child have the necessary skills to be ready for school and to continue learning. The
program is very tangible—the books belong to the child and are in the child’s home. In addition to the child’s
brain being stimulated and the books being available on a daily basis, an indirect outcome of this program is that the bond
between parent and child is enhanced during the quality interaction of reading stories. Stronger families and improved
educational capacity of the child will build stronger and more productive communities. This program has proven, positive
results in Kosciusko County.
Congratulations to The Walk-n-Wander
Essay Contest Winners. Mikayla Mimnaugh won the Elementary Category and Nate Hertlein won the Adult Category. Read
all the entries below.
Mikayla Mimnaugh won the Walk-n-Wander Essay Contest for Elementary Students.
Mikayla is a fourth grade student at Harrison Elementary. She won a set of five books and a $50
prize. Shown with Mikayla is her younger brother and Kosciusko Literacy Services Executive Director Cindy
Cates. Congratulations, Mikayla!
|Mikayla Mimnaugh and her very proud family.
Read Elementary Winner "My Trip" by Mikayla Mimnaugh
Read Adult Winner "All In" by Nate Hertlein
Read "Today's Moments" by Melinda Craig
Read "Contact" by Kay Creamer
Read "A Walking Photograph" by Ashley Hawkins
Read "Empire State" by Karen Justice
Read "Lunchtime Nap" by Kelly Mager
Read "The Visit" by Ken Meyer
Read "The Judge" by Jeannie Rhodes
Arthur Conan Doyle Investigated at the 2014 Author Dinner
Dr. Elliot Engel returns to speak on “Detecting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”
during the 2014 Author Dinner on Thursday, November 6, in the Taharaa Room of Noa Noa Restaurant.
The creator of Sherlock
Holmes led a fascinating life which rivals the suspense and surprises found in his detective fiction. Doyle's writings created icons and achieved milestones in the crime fiction genre.
With his witty and insightful
speaking style, Dr. Engel is the quintessential teacher as he combines education and entertainment. Engel is the educator
everyone wishes to have leading the path to learning.
The Author Dinner benefits literacy programming in Kosciusko County.
Underwriting sponsors are needed to make the event a successful fundraiser. The underwriting or sponsoring levels are
Sherlock Holmes Level for $5000 and above,
Dr. Watson Level for $2500,
Baker Street Level for $1500, and the
Elementary Level for $1000.
Sponsors of the event receive tickets to the
Author dinner and will be featured on the invitations and programs. Individual tickets are $100 of which $65 is tax
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|Read John Steinbeck's Tragic Tale of the American Dream
Plant the Seed- READ! Community Book Read
“What if everyone in Kosciusko County read the same book at the same time?” Answer:
Members of the community would find new friends and neighbors with whom to share a good book and stimulating discussion.The goals of Plant the Seed—Read! are to :
400 copies of Of Mice and Men are provided to residents of Kosciusko County in yellow bins placed
at convenient locations in towns throughout the county. Residents were asked to take a copy of the book,
read it, pass it on to a friend, or return it to a bin, and to discuss the book and the 40 Developmental Assets with friends
and discussion groups.
the community book read is sponsored by:
The Kosciusko County Community Foundation
The Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Foundation
Kosciusko Literacy Services presents
the Author Dinner and a Trip for Two to London England. The 2013
Author Dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 29th, in the Taharaa Room of Noa Noa Restaurant.
Dr. Elliot Engel will be speaking on Queen Victoria and the Victorian Novel. Dr.
Engel explores the fascinating background
on Queen Victoria and the literature, which evolved from this period in English history.
Kosciusko Literacy Services will be auctioning two
trips for two. First, people may bid on a trip for two to "The Best of The West" Literary Conference
with Dr. Elliot Engel from February 12 to 16, 2014. Join Elliot in Scottsdale, Arizona and discover and celebrate some of
the country’s most beloved western writers. Details are available at http://www.authorsink.com/the-best-of-the-west-literary-conference-by-dr-elliot-engel/. The minimum bid is $3,000.
In addition, Kosciusko Literacy Services is offering a London Marriott
or Renaissance Hotel Seven-Night Stay with Airfare for Two with a suggested retail value of $13,520.
The minimum accepted bid is $7,200.
This Experience Includes:
- 7-night stay in a standard guest
room at your choice of select Marriott or Renaissance hotel, four- and five-star properties, in London,
- Daily breakfast for two,
- Round-trip coach class airfare for two from the
contiguous U.S. or Canada to London, England, and
- Complimentary booking.
The auction items and Author Dinner benefits literacy programming in Kosciusko County.
Underwriting sponsors are needed to make the event a successful fundraiser. Sponsors of the event
will be featured on the programs. Donors contributing $5,000 may have their names or corporate logos included
in newsletters reaching over 900 individuals and businesses each quarter.
for the dinner are $100.00 of which $65.00 is tax deductible as allowed by law. Tickets must be purchased
in advance and will be held at the door. For tickets or for information on sponsoring the event, call 574-267-5380.
The current event sponsors are R.R. Donnelley & Sons, the Grossnickle Family Foundation, Lake City Bank, Maple Leaf Farms, Medtronic
Spinal & Biologics, and the Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Foundation. Reading sponsors are Biomet,
Inc., The Papers, Inc., and Lois Niemier & Learning Solutions.
Click here to view London Trip Details and Restrictions
|KLS Receives TCU Foundation Grant
|Shown: KLS Board Member Cathy Mullet, Director Cindy Cates, and Teachers Credit Union's Karen Mayer
The TCU Foundation recently granted
Kosciusko Literacy Services (KLS) $2,000 to purchase books for preschool children enrolled in Read to Grow Children's Book
Book Club addresses the lack of basic skills low-income children have when entering the school system. The
Read to Grow Children's Book Club provides one book a month to each enrolled child under five years old who is living below
150% of the poverty level. Currently, 525 children are enrolled. By placing the books
in the home, KLS addresses one of the main reasons children have low skills when entering kindergarten—the lack of reading
material in the home. The parents sign an agreement to read regularly to their child. Because
reading to a child at an early age helps the child’s brain to develop language and reading skills, this program helps
the child have the necessary skills to be ready for school and to continue learning. The TCU Foundation supports the Credit Union Vision of being a positive force in the communities served by
TCU. TCU consistently practices the Credit Union Philosophy of "People Helping People" and the
TCU Foundation gives the Credit Union another opportunity to further its commitment to use resources in a manner to enhance
the betterment of the communities in which our members live and work.
Will Cather’s My Ántonia Selected to be Plant the Seed, Read! Community Book Read—Free
Digital Downloads are Available The Community Book Read is for residents of Kosciusko County from mid-December through March
2013. Free copies of My Ántonia by Willa Cather are in bright yellow bins throughout the
county. Please take, read, and enjoy the book. Return the book to the bin so someone else may read the
book. The books will be available through March.
A limited number of books are available.
Therefore, readers are encouraged to download free copies of the book to an e-reader or a computer. Amazon.com
has free downloads. Readers may also read the entire book online at http://www.willacather.org
For many reasons, Willa Cather’s My Ántonia
chosen as the title for the Plant the Seed, Read! Community Book Read. Though Kosciusko Literacy Services
did not receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, My Ántonia, is a Big Read selection
and Readers’ and Teachers’ Guides are available online at www.neabigread.org.
In addition to the books available in the Yellow Bins in Kosciusko County, Amazon.com has free digital downloads of the book. Readers
may use Kindle or the free Cloud Reader. The book may also be read online at www.online-literature.com/willa-cather/my-antonia/ or at www.willacather.org/about-willa-cather/online-texts.
My Ántonia continues the themes of Midwestern problems identified in last year’s book read, Hollowing
Out the Middle – The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America. My Ántonia
has themes of immigration, poverty, and the difficulties of rural life. Immigrants settle on the prairie
frontier. Young women move to cities to earn a living. Young men, who went to college,
never return to the farm because of opportunities in larger cities.
Book Discussions are scheduled on: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Community Public Library .Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at
the Kosciusko Literacy Services office located in Room 3 of Gateway Education Center (the old Madison Elementary School).
Light refreshments will be served.Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Syracuse Public Library.
The History and Mystery of Wine
Author Dinner—October 18th
The 2012 Author Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 18th, in the Taharaa Room of Noa Noa Restaurant.
Dr. Elliot Engel will be speaking on The History and Mystery of Wine.Dr. Engel traces the phenomenal ancient origins of wine and continues the story through
the wide and often wild popularity of wine today. Special attention is given to the competing drinks which
almost destroyed wine's popularity in the 17th-century and to the unexpected consequences of the Muslim prohibition of all
spirits beginning in 700 A.D. With his witty and insightful speaking style, Dr. Engel is the quintessential teacher as he combines
education and entertainment. Engel is the educator everyone wishes to have leading the path to learning.
The Author Dinner benefits literacy
programming in Kosciusko County. Underwriting sponsors are needed to make the event a successful fundraiser. Sponsors of the event will
be featured on the invitations and programs. Donors contributing $5,000.00 may have their names or corporate
logos included in newsletters reaching over 900 individuals and businesses each quarter. Individual tickets are $85.00
of which $60.00 is tax deductible as allowed by law. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
For tickets or for information
on sponsoring the event, call 574-267-5380.
Kosciusko Literacy Services Offering Adult Literacy
ClassesLiteracy Classes focusing on adults
wanting to improve reading skills will begin in September. The classes will meet from 9:00 – 11:00
am on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 11th at Gateway Education Center, 201 North Union Street in Warsaw.
The class is designed for adults reading below an eighth grade level. Volunteers are needed to provide an additional hour of one-on-one help. One objective is to improve
reading skills to a minimum of the eighth grade level so students may enter GED classes.
Adults wanting to enroll in the Literacy Class may call 574-267-5380 to register.
A person with low-literacy skills lives in a narrowed world limiting
his or her full participation as an engaged citizen. Increasing literacy levels is one of the best ways
a society can improve its future. Literacy improves not only employable skills, but makes stronger families,
communities, and economies. One in eleven adults in Kosciusko County read below the basic skill level,
and these poor reading skills are often embarrassing for the adult. Since adults needing help may be reluctant
to receive assistance, encouragement from friends and family is important.
Mrs. Sue Boyle, a retired reading specialist teacher, will be teaching the literacy
class. Sue taught a six-week literacy class for Kosciusko Literacy Services in 2009. Phonics
and word decoding skills will be a key component in the classes. Kosciusko Literacy Services and the Warsaw
Adult Education program, now under the Department of Workforce Development, have collaborated since 1993 to provide instruction
to adults learning to read, earning a GED, or learning English as a new language. Funding from Workforce
Development places a priority on adults, reading above a sixth grade level, who can make measurable gains within a year.
Kosciusko Literacy Services is seeking to restore service to lower literacy adults by providing this literacy class
in addition to volunteer tutors.
Kosciusko Literacy Services received a $12,000 grant from the Dollar
General Literacy Foundation to administer adult literacy classes and expand the adult tutoring program at Kosciusko Literacy
Services in collaboration with Warsaw Adult Education.
Become a volunteer tutor. Join
KLS and Warsaw Adult Education for Tutor Training Sessions.
Click here to view Tutor Training Flyer
|Marcia Randolph, Henry Reyes, and Cindy Cates
Henry Reyes Manager of the Dollar General
Store located in the Lakes Village Shopping Center in Warsaw takes time to congratulate Kosciusko Literacy Services on a recent
grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Kosciusko Literacy Services is represented by Executive
Director Cindy Cates (right) and Board Member Marcia Randolph (left). Covering two years, the $12,000 grant
provides funding for teaching literacy classes for adults wishing to improve their reading skills. Beginning
in September, the classes will meet twice a week for two hours. Volunteers are needed to provide an additional
hour of one-on-one help. Kosciusko Literacy Services expresses appreciation to the Dollar General Literacy
Foundation and the Dollar General Stores. Dollar General Stores in Kosciusko County are located in Syracuse,
North Webster, Milford, Pierceton, Mentone, and Warsaw.
KOSCIUSKO LITERACY SERVICES RECEIVES $12,000 GRANT FROM THE DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION
Warsaw, Indiana May 17 – Kosciusko
Literacy Services received a $12,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant provides funding to
administer adult literacy classes and expand the adult tutoring program at Kosciusko Literacy Services in collaboration with
Warsaw Adult Education at Gateway Education Center.
Kosciusko Literacy Services and the Warsaw Adult Education program, now under the Department of Workforce
Development, have collaborated since 1993 to provide instruction to adults learning to read, earning a GED, or learning English
as a new language. Funding from Workforce Development places a priority on adults, reading above a sixth grade level,
who can make measurable gains within a year. Kosciusko Literacy Services is seeking to restore service to lower literacy
adults by providing literacy classes in addition to volunteer
tutors. Beginning in September, the classes will meet twice a week for two hours. Volunteers are needed to provide
an additional hour of one-on-one help. The objective is to improve reading skills to a minimum of the eighth grade level
so that the student may enter GED classes.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities
served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult
basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading. For
more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
About Kosciusko Literacy Services
Kosciusko Literacy Services believes that the ability to read, write, and speak English is the key to increased
educational levels, economic stability, overall health and safety, and a sense of community for all residents of our county.
The mission of the Kosciusko Literacy Services is to increase the literacy levels of all citizens of our community by implementing
innovative and comprehensive programs using a collaborative effort from the community; increasing public awareness of literacy
issues facing adults, children, and families; and providing trained volunteer tutors for the adult students. By collaborating
with other educational initiatives, Kosciusko Literacy Services envisions making Kosciusko County the Education Capital of
Indiana. For more information, visit www.kosciuskoliteracyservices.org.
About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve
their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more
than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General
Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
Tara and daughter Alanna look at Alanna’s
book recently at the Kosciusko Literacy Services office. Alanna receives a new book each month, and Tara reads regularly to
her. Children who experience regular read aloud time during the preschool years, perform better once in school.
During the preschool years, the child’s brain is developing language and literacy skills. The synapses of the
brain become stronger each time a child uses one of the five senses. Reading aloud to a child is proven to be one of the best
ways to develop the language portion of the child’s brain. At age three, Alanna, can recite the alphabet and has a love
Dr. Seuss Reading Celebration was March 2nd, at the Wawasee
Elementary Schools. Each classroom received six new books and hosted a guest reader. This Celebration
is made possible by a generous grant from the Shoop Sports & Youth Foundation. The goal is to inspire
children to read for pleasure as well as knowledge.
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