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Write a STORY for the WORLD's children to READ!

Monday, March 27th to Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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WRITE a STORY for the WORLD to READ. 

Live on in posterity when your story book is uploaded to the international on line library!

 

In brief, Create-a-Library, USAID, is a literacy project that enables ordinary people to create short stories that can be written or translated into the local languages of people in developing countries around the world. The lack of books in native languages hinders literacy. Literacy is important because it enables important messages to be conveyed around issues of health and equality. For example, young people need stories that show girls doing things like being active, standing up for themselves, and being treated fairly and equally. Books also keep languages alive! 

Using online tools, participants will create short books, that will be made available for translation and that will participate in efforts to increase literacy and learning in poor countries. Students will be able to print and retain copies of their own books.


This spring and summer, many American children will receive books as gifts.  But for 250 million children around the world, books are a rarity. Many primary grade children in low income countries cannot read at grade level, a problem that can continue to affect their educational progress throughout their lives, limiting their economic and developmental opportunities.

This month, Montgomery College is partnering with Good Deeds Day, and the United States Agency for International Development in an effort to promote global literacy through USAID's innovative Create-A-Library program, which engages U.S. colleges, universities, and communities in producing books for children around the world.



This spring, MC's Good Deeds Day-week service project, Create A Library, invites students, faculty, and staff to write and illustrate short stories in the language of their choice.  Using Bloom  software, participants will create books that will contribute to an online library of books ready to be adapted to new languages.

Participants are also invited to translate an existing storybook in their native or second language, or update illustrations from the newly added.  Bloom is a program designed for minority language communities to write books in their own languages.

Then, using SIL International’s 'Bloom' software, participants write a story for children, using easy templates, and upload the stories to a free digital librar. The story you write can then be translated into more than fifty languages and made available for download and printing for children around the world. There are also books that are awaiting translation into other languages, need illustrations, or adapting the story to another culture.

The 2-week event, sponsored by the TPSS Service Learning Program, will host training and open computer times shown below.  The Bloom software program can be downloaded to individual computers and participants can then continue to write more stories on their own schedule.

 

Sign up to reserve your seat at 1 or more of the 5 reserved computer classroom times. USAID staff will be giving a quick orientation and training!  Several USAID staff will be present during these times to get you acquainted with BLOOM program.  

           You can write a story for children in 60 minutes.  Bloom is a very easy to use program, easier than Word!  It comes complete with templates, illustrations, and more.
 and yes, 
YOU can do this in under an hour. It helps to have the story line and characters identified ahead of time but not necessary. You can pull a story from your own life experience or a folktale from your own culture.

The Bloom Program is easy to learn and can be downloaded to your laptop/personal computer so you can write more than one story outside of the computer room!  Can't wait for the classroom times? You can go now to: http://bloomlibrary.org/landing 
and check out the online library of existing books, see the list of languages still needing books, or those books written but in need of illustrations or translation, and/or you can download the Bloom program:  http://bloomlibrary.org/landing  It is a small file, not to worry! 

Participants must use your MC email to upload your story.  

Limited spaces in these classrooms!   

Registrants/authors will receive a flash drive and Good Deeds Day t-shirts.

Monday, March 27                 ST328,  3-4:30pm (90 min)

Wednesday, March 29          ST328, 3-4pm (60 min)

Thursday, March 30              ST328, 3-4:30pm (90 min)

Monday, April 3                     ST328, 3-4pm (60 min)

Tuesday, April 4                     ST329, 1-2pm (60 min)

 

Question? Contact  Dr. Vitaliti, Coordinator, Service Learning Program TPSS
 Lucy.vitaliti@montgomerycollege.edu  or phone 240.567.1527

MC students, faculty, administrators and staff are all invited to participate in this effort.  Goal is 100+ stories! 

See Boston College's Book A Thon with BLOOM  software and USAID:
https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/bcnews/campus-community/around-campus/usaid-book-a-thon.html


 

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Location: Five Computer Classroom times available., Service Learning Program, TPSS, 7600 Takoma Ave, ST222, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Shifts (5)

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Mon, Mar 27, 3:00PM
End: Mon, Mar 27, 4:30PM
Use the computer classroom to write a story for children around the world to read. Adapt or translate a story ! In an hour, you can write and upload a short story for a child a continent away to read.
Attend a computer classroom time to get oriented to the Bloom software by USAID staff. You can write or perfect a story, translate or illustrate an existing story, or adapt a story.
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Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Wed, Mar 29, 3:00PM
End: Wed, Mar 29, 4:00PM
Use the computer classroom to write a story for children around the world to read. Adapt or translate a story ! In an hour, you can write and upload a short story for a child a continent away to read.
Attend a computer classroom time to get oriented to the Bloom software by USAID staff. You can write or perfect a story, translate or illustrate an existing story, or adapt a story.
2/30Over

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Thu, Mar 30, 3:00PM
End: Thu, Mar 30, 4:30PM
Use the computer classroom to write a story for children around the world to read. Adapt or translate a story ! In an hour, you can write and upload a short story for a child a continent away to read.
Attend a computer classroom time to get oriented to the Bloom software by USAID staff. You can write or perfect a story, translate or illustrate an existing story, or adapt a story.
1/30Over

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Mon, Apr 03, 3:00PM
End: Mon, Apr 03, 4:00PM
Use the computer classroom to write a story for children around the world to read. Adapt or translate a story ! In an hour, you can write and upload a short story for a child a continent away to read.
Attend a computer classroom time to get oriented to the Bloom software by USAID staff. You can write or perfect a story, translate or illustrate an existing story, or adapt a story.
3/30Over

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Tue, Apr 04, 1:00PM
End: Tue, Apr 04, 2:00PM
Use the computer classroom to write a story for children around the world to read. Adapt or translate a story ! In an hour, you can write and upload a short story for a child a continent away to read.
Attend a computer classroom time to get oriented to the Bloom software by USAID staff. You can write or perfect a story, translate or illustrate an existing story, or adapt a story.
0/30Over