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Madison, WI 53713
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APRIL 12-18, 2009: Literacy Network Reading Marathon To Support Learners
Borders West (3/30/2009)

[Madison, WI] Most of us read as a part of our daily lives: product labels at the grocery store, books at the library, and notes from our children's teachers.

Most adults in Dane County do these activities every day without much preparation or anxiety. However, for the estimated 17,000 adults in Dane County who lack functional literacy skills, they can be big challenges. For these adults, poor literacy skills are barriers to participating in the community and supporting families.

Literacy Network seeks to remove barriers by providing basic literacy services to adults and families in Dane County. Each year, Literacy Network helps more than 1,200 adults in Dane County achieve their literacy goals though one-to-one tutoring and group instruction.

Josefina is one of Literacy Network's success stories. Josefina knew no English before she began meeting with her Literacy Network tutor. After a few months of tutoring, Josefina began reading children's books to her son. A few months later she was able to read her first chapter books in English. Then she progressed to chatting with other parents, having brief conversations with neighbors, and asking questions at the library. Now Josefina has started school to learn hairstyling and hopes to find a job working with people.

In order to continue supporting learners like Josefina, Literacy Network is holding its fourth annual weeklong reading marathon, Literacy 24/7, the week of April 12-18. The event is designed to celebrate reading and to raise funds to support Literacy Network's mission to help community members like Josefina reach their life goals through literacy.

How to participate: Online registration is available now at Participants will get pledges from friends and family for any time they spend reading during the week of April 12-18.

"This is a chance to get caught up on your reading and help make a lasting difference in someone's life at the same time," said Development Director Karen George-Friedman.

An event capstone will take place at Borders Books West at 3750 University Ave. on April 18. Participants can also spend the day or a portion of the day reading at Borders West. Participants with the most pledges will win prizes including a night's stay at the Gilman St. Rag Bed & Breakfast, and a private wine tasting for a reading team from Winestyles.

Celebrity readers at Borders on April 18 will include:

- Sean Carroll, UW evolutionary biologist, NOVA consultant, and author of Remarkable Creatures, Endless Forms Most Beautiful and The Making of the Fittest

- Patricia McConnell, expert on dog training and dog behavior and author of For the Love of a Dog

- Gail Baker, novelist and author of Cancer is a Bitch

- Bill Malone, historian and author of Country Music, USA and Don't Get Above Your Raisin'

- Andy Moore, Isthmus columnist and producer at Wisconsin Public Television

- David Medaris, Isthmus staff writer

The Literacy Network, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing basic literacy services to adults and families in Dane County so they may achieve their employment, education and family goals. More than 300 volunteer tutors work with Literacy Network each year. The organization offers programs tailored to the needs, goals, and learning styles of individual students, such as one-on-one tutoring of reading, writing, and English speaking skills.

To learn more, and to register for Literacy 24/7, visit

Jeff Burkhart
tel: 608-244-3911