Literacy Volunteers of America will meet in Salt Lake City Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17. Program planners anticipate nearly 1,000 leaders in the movement to attend. The organization provides trained volunteers to teach adults who read below the fifth-grade level.
During the opening session Thursday at 11 a.m., a keynote speech will be given by George Otero, whose topic will be "Think Globally, Act Locally."Leadership awards will be presented to Rep. Thomas Sawyer, D-Ohio; J. Richard Munro, chairman of Time Warner Inc.; the New York Life Foundation and the Family Motor Coach Association.
Both Gov. and Mrs. Norm Bangerter will be involved in the conference.
Friday, four authors who have written on the topic of literacy will be available for book signing. They are Walter Anderson, author of "Read With Me"; Wally Amos, "The Power in You"; Calvin Miles, "When Dreams Come True"; and Ruth Colvin, "Great Traveling After 55." Singer/writer Paul Overstreet will perform a new song, "Billy Can't Read," which is dedicated to adult literacy students.
Members of the Deseret Newspapers in Education staff will assist with the convention. The newspaper is involved in the literacy effort through a family reading program.