Literacy Coalition of Oswego County Nov. 7 Event Celebrates ‘Every Hero Has A Story’

Literacy Coalition of Oswego County

HANNIBAL – The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County will host a free literacy event, “Every Hero Has A Story,” noon to 3 p.m., Nov. 7 at Hannibal Middle School, 846 Cayuga St., it was announced by Carri Waloven and Betty Maute, event co-chairs.

“This is our fifth year and we are thrilled about the theme that this year’s event is tied around: heroes,” Waloven said. “This theme gives kids the opportunity to dress as their favorite hero, encouraging them to get excited and engage in the stories. There will also be face painting, two reading therapy dogs, balloon animals, craft activities, an art exhibit, a science demonstration, free books, and free prizes. It’s an event full of fun activities; all while stimulating kids and families too become more avid readers.”

This year’s READ Event theme, Every Hero Has A Story, is the same reading theme adopted by local libraries for their summer reading programs, said Maute.

Readers of all ages are invited to listen to stories about different types of heroes and create their own ideas of what makes a hero.

Among the authors scheduled to appear are: Tracy Kinne, “Little Town on the Shale;” Margaret Wentworth, “Voice from the Sea: And Other Reflections on Wildlife & Wilderness;” and Connie Evans.

Sawyer and Charlotte are the famous reading therapy dogs that will be attending alongside Margaret Wentworth and Connie Eva at the local authors table, Maute said.

Families visit provider booths and learn information about the organization.

Some of the providers participating are: Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Oswego County Opportunities – Head Start; ARISE, Fulton Rotary Club, CiTi Adult Education, Oswego AmeriCorps, Fulton Adult Literacy Program, OCO – Back Street Books – Job Assistance Readiness Training Program, Hannibal Home and School, and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department.

“The goal of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is to empower our community to build literacy in a collaborative, inclusive and comprehensive manner,” said Jon Spaulding, coalition chairperson. “The coalition is dedicated to supporting and expanding literacy services so that people can work, the economy can grow, families can thrive, and our community can prosper.”

The LCOC is a growing coalition of more than 36 local organizations.

These organizations work together to address the literacy needs of people of all ages.

Members of the LCOC Leadership Council include: NBT Bank, Assemblyman William Barclay 124th District, Cayuga Community College, Steve Chirello Advertising, city of Fulton, city of Oswego; Constellation Energy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Eastern Shore Associates, Entergy Nuclear Northeast, Fulton City School District, Fulton Family YMCA, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Operation Oswego County, Central Southern Tier Regional Adult Education Network.

Other Leadership Council supporters include: NYS Education Department, NYS Sen. Patty Ritchie, 48th District, Oswego City School District, Oswego County Administrator Phil Church, CiTi, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Oswego County Legislature, Oswego County Opportunities, Oswego County Workforce Development Board, Oswego County Family Court Judge Kimberly Seager, Oswego Health, Oswego Public Library, Oswego YMCA, Citibank.

An estimated 40 to 44 million adults in the United States demonstrate skills in the lowest level of prose, document, and quantitative proficiencies.

Many are unable to total an entry on a deposit slip, locate the time and place on a meeting form, or identify a piece of specific information in a brief news article (ProLiteracy Worldwide).

In Oswego County, close to 17,000 adults cannot read above a fifth grade reading level. With the help of volunteers, donors and advocates, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County helps adults develop their basic literary skills.

For more information about The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, visit and click on the literacy coalition link, or find them on Facebook.