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1-22-14 10:10am Garland: at the library with Miranda Restovic

Jan 22, 2014|

Garland takes the Think Tank on the road to the Orleans Public Library and talks with Miranda Restovic.

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Welcome back to -- the they teach who has Lou. -- -- -- -- -- -- We're New Orleans library. World very very important. Part. That we've. Do you. What's one that the record we're trying to break again. You know or they hear today what we have experts here good. We're talking to -- and rest of the true with the letter right now actually work with the Louisiana endowment for the humanities hold our organization partners with libraries across the state and the north in public libraries is very important partner bars -- -- do what's happening you know it's multifaceted. But with the idea. So today we're kicking off -- campaign that's actually meant to be a long term campaign to increase at the awareness around the literacy. And supporting literacy resources and access to literacy resources across the city and the region. So wild in New Orleans public libraries taking ownership of the campaign. It is sharing it with about ten regional library systems. With ten parishes that are closest to us we're here in attendance today. Like today we really wanted it to have asserted that big kickoff -- very exciting kickoff to the campaign it's going to be a long term campaign. And we thought the best way to do that is to eight posted in the library. And to try to break a record everybody loves to break a record. And so we're going for the largest reading lesson to be included in the Guinness world book of records. That's today at today where what's number you have to break -- and well. Right before a couple of weeks ago when we're planning that the number was about 220. And then more recently somebody broke it with 420. And and so I think the last -- -- that we had was 442 so I think we are -- Wear on our way. The Genesis is this you -- content came up with the idea that it. Something its own all over the country and we're just copies that are. What's your region. What I'm sure. -- cities and regions have attempted. And illiteracy campaign in grade level reading campaign to hear about these things all the time and there's a national push to focus on literacy and education. But as with everything else they think Moreland take the special approach to everything. And say though and this -- for this is in in it we been talking about this for quite some time it actually Irvin mayfield. There's been a champion of the New Orleans public library. Was the one who first had the thought and the vision and we just helped -- -- and crafted and bring it to reality. And so that's what we hear. That you were -- current require an amber. You bring a with all the Hillary's shoes or -- meeting with everybody all want answers is they've we're gonna come by pride -- that's. Highly detailed plan. Yes it's -- and we've been planning this for about a year and we have several high level meetings with all the library directors. And the first thing was to kind of give this campaign a framework that everybody can abide by and work under. And so we identified four key areas that we felt like libraries could really contribute to their work. We we chose to focus on early childhood illiteracy so school school readiness basically Europe. Zero to five girls and their families to programs and resources that addressed that need. School's success. The second one. And that's really your round making sure that students in the elementary years reached. Reading proficiency by the third grade thickness research shows that if they don't they're more likely. Later cruel. Digital literacy is another key component where. You know skills of the 21 century require digital literacy and we have to you expose our. Not just children and adults as well to access to the Internet and resources available and how to navigate that. And then adult literacy in ES cell is a growing need in our community. The last study that was done nationally around adult literacy. Put new -- and that almost a third or functionally illiterate people are sitting there adults almost a third. And that study is outdated but I would be hard pressed to believe that we change that in any significant way in the last decade. And so we know it it's it's that it's a -- an anguished libraries are an appropriate place to try to address that along with. All the community partners like the organization that I ever present and lots of others that are here today supporting us. Only very quickly about the organs aren't that. And take a break come back sure we're talking with ran congress that isn't -- the New Orleans public library. If you hear. Very quiet in here about music you're clapping. Two extraordinary men and where we're literally crying from -- New Orleans. The moves literate city in America. By 2000. So what is going rather than we called -- before coming back. Admittedly it's strange feeling -- sitting in New Orleans library at a time you've been very quite like being in wire. Other times you hear organs. Playing music -- and here's beaches and gets quietly and the reason we're here. It was a tremendous programs being kicked off -- We're more troops that we eat organizations involved in this. Or going struggling you'll always have moved Liberty City in America. While our 300. -- was terrific -- your team we have random -- -- this. Who is involved in this program -- -- -- oops you just over in the third of New Orleans New Orleans. Or functionally illiterate. And we're gonna become the top literate city. Athens. And 2000 -- team. Can we do. We have to try to. And and when wouldn't -- when we look at the problem with education and we look at. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It all who's going back to -- improve education. We have moved from different. Planned here or are we looking at some of the more successful -- room country how to out of Sweden. Take that first with -- we can. And a great question and I think that it's. First -- we have no choice but to try to whether we succeed or not is irrelevant you have to galvanize an attempt. To improve. The lives and the standard of living in education or. Not. But I do think that the approach that we have here today is one of inclusiveness collaboration. A lot of time some people say we have to improve education -- immediately mean Q. We have to makers with better -- teachers have to get better. It's not just their jobs. Pictures that are children are educated and that they know how to read and they have opportunities. It is the community's job. And the point of this campaign is to make sure that our schools don't feel left out there alone in this scheme of the libraries have an important role to play. Ian literacy resources to our families. The community organizations have an important role to play it has been playing rule. But we do need to bring everybody together in the same table as they were on the same side. And do when ordered the things call the digital literacy. Are tools that feel a certain we're talking about this. And I said well they still need library. They together -- -- everybody computer not everybody -- the access to communications and you do. To teach this digital literacy or do we have the hardware. To do it if not is her -- and again. Well I think that's another place that the libraries really -- play an important role. It's true that more and more people do have access to the Internet with Smartphones. My research shows that. You know while the digital divide is closing in terms of access to the Internet via an iPhone Smartphone. He is closing in terms of access to computers that will actually help children get online and and access homework or homework help you know you can't do everything on an iPhone you can do desktop computer or at apple. And that's with a digital divide still exists and Internet access is scary. He still very much a problem for low income families. Since the library again have a really important role to play the library -- the place where you can kind and have access to computers and the Internet for -- And it's not something that I think. A lot of people take advantage at this point time and so we're going to be pushing that. Also and digital literacy -- and it involves access to the Internet but it also involves becoming a Smart consumer digital resources. And so and libraries. Showing people how to navigate the Internet showing people quality digital resources -- out there. Ebooks and downloads are available. And some of them are free but there is there is still certain libraries need to play Accuray. Where they are helping families identify quality just like they're helping them identify quality. Literature that's a -- They can also help them identify quality digital resources. Pardon me for -- getting personal question jumps at some sort of how to put all that together become -- literate city in America 2000 weekly. News over and have a choice. Well when we sent down your openly pro Croatian. You came here eleven years ago. And I said you wouldn't you know heavily accident the perfect English how to do it ignorant to close. I hadn't quite. Now. That I want to trick for a ball -- or listeners or hearing through what -- gonna try to do. With the book that you like did you immediately gorton's who. Were you couldn't communicate entered did you. Have a tutor how to how did that come about because most of his boots and he likened him to do it. Your parents or premiered -- an accident could your parents speaking. And I was my situation was a little bit unique I think. I came here with my sister and yes I -- speak English. My father had already been here he his English is broken that he could communicate. And that I had an American step mom who was very helpful and yes I was thrown into an English speaking school two months after I arrived. But I was in a school setting that was very supportive. And that adjusted. Itself to me into my group. And. Idaho they do it and it's complicated but it hardly trust you because. A lot of people say that our schools today can't. Think some video with quote special the. Here. And that's my thinking -- my peace with unique I was not placed a school where there's forty students in a classroom. And overworked teacher with no supplies and having to purchase her own books and things like that. I would -- and in an expensive private school. -- could you know accommodate -- want it to accommodate me all the ways that. Every child deserves I feel. And it was it was a nurturing place it was a loving place and they really. Gave me the time to grow into the language. That was comfortable to me since the beginning they allowed me to simply sit and listen and do what I. Six months later they expect me to start turning in some homework a year later. Expecting me to be a fully functioning students even if I still had some issues around. -- grammar and spelling things like that -- Those looking accommodations aren't you know I walked with a dictionary around everywhere this is before Smart and three look -- -- on your. And -- -- the teachers were just really engaged with me and hopeful. And you know not every child gets an opportunity to attend this school. Well -- that juxtapose. That Padilla -- What you went through where we're used had gotten a few more advantages which is still. Didn't go through language yet to learn that the so as you can really won't learn the language got a short very young. You do that because you have to do. Now juxtapose. This school you went through the teachers and accessories you know how. Against a third of the people who in the city illiterate. A lot of people were out computers and a lot of forty pupil classrooms. With the teacher buying -- supplies. What what steps you can get -- through to me to. Minimize any. I think in the in this you know I don't want to make this about me or my experience but I think that's the reason why this has to be inclusive. Programs have to inspire people to want to do this for themselves and for their families and for their children. And many moms that take the time out of for -- he's scheduled to attend a family literacy program like the one that I run are coming to the library for story time. Or access resources. Is on her way of taking charge of her in her child's future. And they -- trajectory for success. So I think part of this is about inspiration and part of it is about. Making people alone. Their own futures in this and letting them know that their supports that you're they've been here at this building has been here for a long time these books have been here. The resources in this community have been here we can do better on that and we will certainly try as part of this campaign. That we really want people to be inspired to take advantage and to demand for more resources. And consume more. And -- you know as learners. Final question. -- delivers. That would do. A family listening today -- ticket -- shall board you. Your organs -- -- and comply with the cold and what happens when there. So our program. It's called prime time family reading time we'll have a prime time preschool programs that delivered. In partnership with talk your senators and starts and schools. These programs happen. In locations that are convenient for families at their child's school or at the local library or -- communities that are sometimes -- -- churches wherever -- we will deliver the program. And families were interested should definitely visitor website give us a call to see if there's a program that I then. -- is anti family -- or. And what they can expect is to the to be inspired to be inspired to continue to do this on their own we were given the tools we give them their resources we won't nurturing them. We will practice with them. And what we do it's. Inspire people to do this and continue to do it on their -- long after programs are over. And that really comes back to putting it in back in their laps. And having them take ownership. Encouraging reading in the home reading together as a family. And modeling for each other how to do this well in promoting discussion. Around critical issues in life which is really what. Mixed readings so fun. Why read and comprehend discussed it doesn't make any. Thank you so much really appreciate -- continued. Terrific programs in the Republican Falwell on the program that lead to New York solution. Get a read so this scored sure. Good evening -- -- thank you thought. Deborah beyond that you're celebrity AM what are appliance the --