“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” Mark Twain
Mark Twain lived generations ago but his words and wit live in print. Many take literacy for granted— but unfortunately for some Twain’s genius will never be read.
In 2014 the National Center for Education Statistics reported that 19 percent of adults cannot read a newspaper, let alone complete a job application. For those without reading skills life can be frightening. For whatever reason, they struggled or suffered disabilities that impaired their ability to learn to read.
But…we have champion volunteer tutors, library staff, and adult learners who are breaking barriers. They are improving and expanding adult literacy programs in Butte County and doing a great job at it.
Join us Friday night October 26, 2018 in the Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Big Room in Chico to celebrate at the 12th Annual Trivia Bee for Literacy. The Trivia Bee is a fund raiser that supports Butte County’s Literacy Program. The heart of Butte County Library Literacy Services is the Adult Reading Program. Adults interested in improving their basic reading and writing skills are matched with trained community volunteers. Pairs work towards the adult learner’s goals which may range from getting a better job to being able to read stories to his/her child.
The County’s early literacy services program sends over 3400 books into homes county-wide and operates a Literacy Coach to make the rounds. A custom built vehicle, the Literacy Coach travels throughout the county sharing literacy experiences with children under age 5 and their families who may not otherwise have access to a local library due to geographic, economic or language barriers.
This year marks the Trivia Bee’s fourth year in the Big Room. Come celebrate the Adult Learners who study with their volunteer tutors to improve reading skills. Congratulate them as they inspire others. The past three years have sold out and the event will sell out again this year. I’ll co-emcee the event with friends (who have a great sense of humor) so expect a few laughs. Set up a team. Sponsor a table. Bring your family for a fun evening of trivia and laughs. Show off your gray matter. Flex your trivia muscle. You may find out that you’re not as smart as you think. Or maybe you are.
Thank you sponsors for supporting this year’s Bee. Special thanks to Butte County Library staff and volunteers for your hard work, and to Sierra Nevada Brewery for hosting.
And a note to the Adult Learners we celebrate—you’ve made great accomplishments. Mark Twain would be proud.
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