Be a Super Hero!

“We all have the capacity to be a super hero. In order to become one, you just have to find your unique power or ability and exploit it for greater good. The cape and mask are optional accessories, but a kind heart is essential.”

Robert Clancy



Many Reading Program students are ESL learners, and they read aloud quite proficiently but struggle to fully understand the meaning of the text. For example, a student can read a paragraph about volcanoes quite effectively but not be able to answer questions about the difference between magma and lava. To improve comprehension, it helps to talk about the article—define new vocabulary, ask questions about key concepts, and summarize the story. Discussion is critical to comprehension, and students need to practice using think-aloud strategies with a partner to improve understanding. Aside from improving their comprehension, many Reading Program students want to practice common idioms, learn more about American culture, and be more familiar with their community. Oftentimes, students share with us that they feel isolated and frustrated, and they desperately wish to improve their skills to be more independent in their daily lives.

If you want to learn more about volunteering for the Reading Program, please attend one of the upcoming orientations at the Cupertino Library on Wednesday, April 8 from 2:00-3:00 or 6:00-7:00 in the Community Hall next door to the library. If you have any questions about this volunteer opportunity, please email us.

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Reading Program

The Reading Program

350 W. Sixth Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
Providing free adult literacy services throughout Santa Clara County Library District
Phone: (408) 262-1349