A Literary Surprise on a Tuesday Night

On Tuesday evening, my phone rang, and it was a number I did not recognize. I usually never pick up for unknown callers, but for some reason, I did. The voice on the other end asked,”Do you accept book donations?”

I didn’t have to think for anymore than a split second.

“Yes!” I replied affirmatively.

“Can I drop them off to you today?” asked the voice.

“YES!”

The caller was a very generous Roslindale resident and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt employee named Emma R., and she left a beautiful collection of books on my front porch. Her donation will be shared with my middle school students at the Lilla G. Frederick and with clients at the Roslindale Language and Literacy Center. Thank you, Emma!

A sofa full of new friends.

A sofa full of new friends.

Box

A Box Full of Joy

Open the Door To Liberty: A Biography of To

Open the Door to Liberty! A Biography of Toussaint L’ouverture
This book will be a part of my ESL unit on reversing the narrative about slavery to demonstrate the strength of those who were treated as slaves  in the Americas and the Caribbean.

No DAmsels

No Damsels in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Women
This book will be a part of my ESL unit on mythology and folklore that I am planning in collaboration with 826 Boston.

The Roslindale Language and Literacy Center: Powered by Donation

Beginning in the summer of 2013, the Roslindale Language and Literacy Center will be open for business. We offer the following services: Evaluation, Consultation, and Reading and Writing Intervention. We service children and adolescents ages 5 – 18, and we specialize in meeting the needs of  pre-adolescent and adolescent students who struggle with reading and writing. Our services are available at no cost. However, we do accept donations. These donations are used to fund the costs of running the clinic.

Our Process

Initial Interview

The intial interview serves to inform parents and children about our practice and services. This interview allows us to gather information about the child’s academic history and parental concerns. It also provides the child with a chance to experience the evaluation environment prior to the actual evaluation experience.

Evaluation

We provide a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s oral and written language abilities: speaking and listening skills, reading skills, and writing skills. We do not offer psychological testing at this time.

Consultation

The purpose of the consultation is to review the evaluation results with parents, and when appropriate, with the child. We will explain how these results can be used to inform IEP services as well as appropriate strategies and tools for teaching at home and for services at our center. Together, we will examine your child’s areas of strength as well as areas of language learning need.

Reading and Writing Intervention

Based on the results of assessments, we will provide 1:1 or small group reading and writing intervention services to build your child’s skills in reading and writing. Intervention services are based first and foremost on a child’s individual needs, and we utilize  multi-sensory methods to support your child’s learning. Parents are encouraged to attend intervention sessions with children to learn about the intervention process and strategies to assist their child in the home.

Community Access

Our services are free. This allows for all members of the community to access reading services.However, we do accept donations. All proceeds from donations are used to fund the cost of the clinic.

Location

We are located in the Metropolitan Hill section of Roslindale, near the Pleasant Cafe. Street parking is readily available.

Contact

For more information, please contact Jennifer Dines (jenniferdines@gmail.com) or call 617-331-8829.