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Gift of Literacy in South Lake Tahoe is a program that encourages a love of reading among young children. The program is designed to increase student literacy rates and infuse books into the South Lake Tahoe community.

Through rich community partnerships and generous donors, we would like every first-grader in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District to participate in this enriching literacy program.

Gift of Literacy aims to encourage students to enjoy and be excited about reading and learning by:

  • Exposing them to a variety of books: Each student reads five carefully selected titles throughout the year.
  • Empowering them with a choice: Each student chooses their favorite title and receives a hardbound copy of the book at the celebration.
  • Providing them with an exciting event: All the first-graders go to a celebration where they meet their favorite characters, such as Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Reinforcing the importance and enjoyment of reading: Students are split into small groups and read to by community members, sometimes even authors, at the celebration.
  • Introducing them to a college campus: The event is held at Lake Tahoe Community College, where the students get a glimpse of college life.

This year's Gift of Literacy was held on Friday, June 4. First graders from South Lake Tahoe went to LTCC's campus to receive free books and a free book bag, meet the LTCC Coyote and LTCC President Jeff DeFranco, and met local children’s book author Gantt Miller, who writes under the pen name M.C. Behm. He is the author of The Elixir of Yosemite and his new book, Once Upon a Quarantine. Read a Tahoe Daily Tribune interview about Miller and his new book.

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Guest Speaker:

M.C. Behm

M.C. Behm is the pen name of local Tahoe author and former history teacher Gantt Miller. He's originally from West Philadelphia, where he received a Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.


Schedule for Gift of Literacy Day on June 4
  • 9:30am LTCC campus arrival at roundabout in front of Lisa Maloff University Center – students met by their volunteer guide for an outdoor campus tour.
  • 9:45am students seated in the gym for a presentation by LTCC President Jeff DeFranco and author Gantt Miller, free book distribution
  • 10:40am meet on LTCC's soccer field for a 10-minute workout with LTCC head men's & women's soccer coach Jeremy Evans and soccer team members
  • 10:50am-10:55am snack break
  • 11am departure
  • 10:30am campus arrival at roundabout in front of Lisa Maloff University Center – students met by their volunteer guide for an outdoor campus tour.
  • 10:45am students are seated in the gym for a presentation by LTCC President Jeff DeFranco and author Gantt Miller, free book distribution
  • 11:40am meet on LTCC's soccer field for a 10-minute workout with LTCC head men's & women's soccer coach Jeremy Evans and soccer team members
  • 11:50am-11:55am snack break
  • 12pm departure

2021
Books

Oaaq book cover  WC book cover  I promise

All are welcome book  Mother goose  Not like snowwhite

Sponsors

Books donated in honor and memory of retired teacher John Nemes.

  LTCC Logo      LTUSD Logo    Soroptimist

LTEF   Barnes & Noble      Edgewood Tahoe 

 


2020
 Books

Dear Boy  Dear Girl  Hey Grandude  La Princesa and the Pea

Love and the Rocking Chair  Moon! Earth's Best Friend  The Scarecrow  We Don't Eat Our Classmates

 

Sponsors

Books donated in honor and memory of retired teacher John Nemes.

LTCC Logo        LTUSD Logo      Soroptimist 

LTEF  Scholastic Logo Edgewood Tahoe


2019

Books

Day You Begin Dinosaurs Earth Hello 

Human Ocean  Rooster  World Bilingual

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by Indigo Photography
 

 
Sponsors

Books donated in honor and memory of retired teacher John Nemes.

LTCC Logo        LTUSD Logo      Soroptimist 

LTEFADVANCE Logo  Scholastic Logo

 

Books  
  Creepy Pair of Underwear Love Very Bear & The Butterfly When Spring Comes Wonders

 

  

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Sponsors 

Books donated in honor and memory of retired teacher John Nemes.

LTCC Logo          Edgewood Logo         ADVANCE Logo    LTEF  LTESMS

               Scholastic Logo           Children Leading Children    

 

 

           

History of Gift of Literacy

Gift of Literacy in South Lake Tahoe was inspired by a book-giving program in Wyoming, “Casper Cares, Casper Reads,” now known simply as Wyoming Reads. In 1996, the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation was established by John Jorgensen to benefit libraries and honor his late wife’s commitment to childhood literacy.

Gift of Literacy programs are thriving in many communities including the award-winning program in Springfield, Oregon