The Library of Congress National Book Festival is taking place this weekend, and participating is a great way to observe Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.
According to the Festival information page, more than 120 authors, poets, and illustrators will be participating on nine virtual stages:
Family, Food & Field
History & Biography sponsored by Wells Fargo
Poetry & Prose sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts
Understanding Our World
Author presentation videos for children and teens will be released at 9 AM ET on Friday, September 25, and will be available on demand via the Festival platform, Library website and YouTube. All author presentation videos on other stages will launch at 9 AM ET on the next day, Saturday, September 26. For a complete line-up of authors and their video presentations, please see the complete video on demand list.
From Friday through Sunday, September 25-27, we will feature interactive live Q&A sessions with select authors to complement their presentation videos. We list them in the schedule under “Live Events by Stage” and “Live Events by Day.”
The National Coalition for Literacy honors the memory and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18, 2020, at her home in Washington, DC.
Growing up in a low-income working class neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, and inspired by her mother, Justice Ginsburg regarded a strong education as the foundation for independent living and full participation in civic and community life. Throughout her career she remained a fierce and outspoken advocate for equality of opportunity for all, particularly women and persons of low socioeconomic status.
When asked how she would like to be remembered, Justice Ginsburg said this:
“Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has.” — to MSNBC in 2015.
The NCL and its members will long remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as someone who made things far more than “a little better.”
International Literacy Day observations take place around the world on September 8 every year to highlight the nature of literacy as a civil and human right and its importance for the dignity of every person. UNESCO has sponsored International Literacy Day every year since 1967.
International Literacy Day (ILD) 2020 will focus on literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond with a focus on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme will highlight literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective and therefore mainly focus on youth and adults. …International Literacy Day 2020 will provide an opportunity to reflect on and discuss how innovative and effective pedagogies and teaching methodologies can be used in youth and adult literacy programmes to face the pandemic and beyond.
In these paired podcasts we speak with Juvencio Rocha Peralta, Executive Director of AMEXCAN (Asociacion de Mexicanos en Carolina del Norte / Association of Mexicans in North Carolina). Juvencio shares his experience as an integral member of a regional Complete Count Committee and his efforts to improve census completion rates of members of hard-to-count groups.
AMEXCANis a non-profit organization that works to promote the active participation of Mexicans and Latinos in their new communities and encourage the appreciation, understanding, and prosperity of the Mexican and Latino community through cultural, educational, leadership, health, and advocacy.