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Have you read Hot Dogs and Hamburgers yet? The students, volunteers, board members and staff of Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley (LVCV) are reading this book as part of the Wisconsin Literacy’s Statewide READ. We invite members of the community to read with us as we celebrate National Literacy Month during September.
The public libraries in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Menomonie are partnering with LVCV by obtaining copies of Hot Dogs and Hamburgers for their libraries for patrons to check out. The Statewide READ will conclude with a book discussion group led by Literacy Volunteers staff to talk about the book. For more information on how you can participate in the book discussion at your local library:
• L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: http://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/, 715-839-5004
• Chippewa Falls Public Library: http://chippewafallslibrary.org/, 715-723-1146
• Menomonie Public Library: http://menomonielibrary.org/, (715) 232-2164
Learning to read builds confidence and hope. In the heartwarming story Hot Dogs & Hamburgers – Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age, author Rob Shindler tells how he offered his time, unflagging energy, and unconventional teaching techniques to help a boy with serious learning differences and adults suffering from low literacy levels.
A father who wanted to help his son with his reading deficiencies, Rob discovered the way to that goal was through volunteering at Literacy Chicago. There, he learned firsthand how ridiculous the common misconceptions are about learning disabilities and adult illiteracy. The assortment of students he taught were ambitious people who were eloquent, driven, clever, and so funny they made him laugh out loud. Here, Rob shares his students’ pain and humiliations, frustrations and hopes.
Hot Dogs and Hamburgers demonstrates that literacy issues reside in all neighborhoods and that its victims are committed to finding dignity and life’s possibilities through learning to read. Rob’s teaching experiences are so motivating and rewarding that once you’ve read his story, you will rejoice in your own journey to literacy, reflect on your experiences as a literacy tutor or perhaps become a new tutor.