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Tell us your story: Kay Aguilar

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Thanks to Kay Aguilar for telling us her story.  If you would like to submit your story, we’d love to hear it! If you could accomplish, or see accomplished, one thing to further the cause of family literacy in the next five years, what would it be? If I could accomplish one thing to further… Read more »

Did you miss some Literacy Now posts?

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Last week, the Literacy Now blog experienced some technical difficulties, and those of you who subscribe by e-mail did not receive the posts. The problem is remedied now! Here’s a rundown of last week’s missing posts. Tech teams compete in 6th annual LTAB Guest post – Strategy talk: Comprehension for the start Special edition of… Read more »

Guest post: Grammy-nominated gospel singer Beverly Crawford shares her triumph over illiteracy

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Beverly Crawford, famed Gospel singer, joins NCFL as a family literacy ambassador. Read Beverly’s post to learn why she is personally committed to NCFL and the family literacy cause. The struggle that was most painful in my life was my challenge with reading. While I was able to learn the basic fundamentals to carry me… Read more »

Special edition of LVR: National Family Literacy Day

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Though we are a day early, Happy National Family Literacy Day! Below you will find some ways that NCFL is celebrating, but we would love to hear how you and your family or program are taking part. Just submit a comment on today’s blog post. Enjoy your day! Innovative materials for Hispanic families Parents +… Read more »

Guest post – Strategy talk: Comprehension for the start

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Today we are pleased to feature a guest post from Angela Maiers! She has a 20-year career in education and is currently working as an independent consultant for literacy and literacy education. Make sure to check out her blog. Thanks for contributing to Literacy Now, Angela! To be a reader, you must know what the… Read more »

Tech teams compete in 6th annual LTAB

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Are you as lost as we are? Well, tech teams that hailed from all around Louisville weren’t. They all excelled at this year’s Louisville Technology Acronym Bee (LTAB), a fundraising event presented by Republic Bank that benefited NCFL. Corporate IT teams competed in the spelling bee-like competition to see who knew the most technology acronyms…. Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – October 24

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Literacy for families: Program lets parents, children learn together From the St. Cloud Times, enjoy this story from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, about families who found success together through family literacy. And to all family literacy practitioners out there across the country, keep up the great work! With education budgets getting squeezed more than ever,… Read more »

Sharon from the LITCAM

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Last week I represented the United States at the Frankfurt Book Fair Literacy Campaign Conference (LITCAM) in Frankfurt, Germany. Though the name of the conference is quite a mouthful, I had such a wonderful time! The purpose of the conference was to draw attention to the need to improve literacy around the world; it also… Read more »

Search to support NCFL

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Want an easy way to support family literacy and NCFL? Do all your internet searches on! NCFL receives a penny every time you do a search. Just visit, enter National Center for Family Literacy as your featured charity — and start searching! Use every day, but be sure to check us out… Read more »

Guest post: Carol Gabler on health literacy

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We know that there are many facets to family literacy, and one of those is health literacy. But what exactly is health literacy? It’s the ability to understand information about your health so you can make wise healthcare decisions. Carol Gabler of Wisconsin Literacy is a longtime advocate for family literacy. In this special guest… Read more »