South Suburban College to Host Family Reading Night

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – The South Suburban College’s Adult Volunteer Literacy Program is hosting their fifth annual Family Reading Night event on Wednesday, November 19th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to join SSC to find out about community literacy while enjoying stories and presentations. There will also be free books for children, raffles and refreshments.

This year’s event will feature three local authors, who will read excerpts from their books to the community. The first author, Sandra Dyson from Harvey, Illinois, will be reading an excerpt from her book “Sweet Water.”  Next, Courtney Harris, Ph.D., will speak to the audience about the importance of family while referencing excerpts from his book titled American Society:  The Enemy of the Family Structure.” Lastly, Theo Chapman will discuss excerpts from his book Why Do Teenagers Talk Like That—written as a tool to help bridge the communication gap that is growing between adults and youth.   All three authors will be available for questions, comments and book signings after they speak.

This year at Family Reading Night, SSC will hand out free children’s books to all children attending, raffle Barnes and Nobles gift cards, and perform an Interactive Reading Activity called “Read that Word”—author Theo Chapman will have the audience journey through time, uncovering the present and past of youth vernacular.  Time will also be set aside for the families to read with their children.

Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Division of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE/GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE).

For more information about Family Reading Night or the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, please contact Lakisha Hillard, coordinator, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois. This event is sponsored in part by the SSC Foundation.