Sunday, October 1, 2017

National Friends Week Event Features Freedom Readers


National Friends Week Kicks off October 15 with 
Dr. Tracy Bailey and the  
Freedom Readers  Children's Choir 
October 15-21is National Friends Week.  To launch this week of appreciation for the volunteers who contribute so much to America's libraries, FOWL is hosting Dr. Tracy Bailey and the Freedom Readers Children's Choir on Sunday, October 15, from 3:00-5:00 pm in the DeBordieu Colony Auditorium at the Waccamaw Library.   
Freedom Readers CEO Dr. Tracy Bailey will discuss "Reversing Underachievement in Reading the Freedom Readers Way," using a dynamic PowerPoint presentation. She will focus on the Freedom Readers' philosophy and what makes it such a unique and effective approach, addressing key issues such as: why FR is needed in our communities; what we do to address the problem of underachievement in reading; stories including data and anecdotes; and FR's ten-year  plan, goals, and big dreams. 

After Dr. Bailey's presentation, the Freedom Readers Children's Choir, comprised of young scholars from learning sites in Georgetown County, including Arnett AME, Plantersville Elementary School, Dickerson AME, and Gordon Chapel AME, will take the stage. Formed in 2015 to participate in the Georgetown Rice Festival, they are rehearsing now with CCU music professor and Gullah musicologist Dr. Eric Crawford.  
Refreshments will follow, prepared by Laura Herriott of Sandy Island's Wilma Cottage. Door prizes!  Free and open to Friends and friends of Friends.    
       Dr. Tracy Bailey

Dr. Bailey earned a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Language and Literacy at the University of South Carolina in May of 2013. Tracy seeks to instill in teachers, students, and the community-at-large the belief that every student can learn and every learner has the responsibility to pass on new knowledge to another.
Dr. Bailey began her career in education as a high-school English instructor. After realizing the impact of professional development and community literacy on her personal and professional growth, she decided to take her work to the streets. Since then, her passion for teaching and learning has taken her around the country, and she has had the opportunity to be a part of the success of hundreds of students and teachers.
Dr. Bailey earned her BA from The College of Charleston, majoring in English Education, and a Masters in Secondary Education from Coastal Carolina University. She is married to award-winning writer, Issac J. Bailey, and is the mother of two children, Kyle and Lyric.
Dr. Eric Crawford
Eric Crawford holds a Ph.D. in musicology from The Catholic University of America. His research focuses on the rich tradition of Gullah music, specifically the retentions and alterations that have occurred since the antebellum period. Beginning in 2007, he conducted extensive field recordings on Saint Helena Island, site of the historic Port Royal Experiment, and his transcriptions are held at the Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Thank you so much for supporting FOWL and the Friends Center.  The Library is so much better because you care! 
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