The Mariposa Library recently recorded its 25th Write to Read program on KRYZ 98.5 FM, Mariposa’s community radio station.
Write to Read is a program where local people share stories, poems, essays, articles or memoirs they have written with listeners around the world. Stories have been as varied as Frank Mott’s humorous “Life on the Farm” memoir series to Wei Zhang’s lyrical poetry, written and read in both Mandarin and English. Writers have ranged in age from 17 to 91.
The half-hour show, which airs on Sundays at 4 p.m. and repeats on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., is hosted by the library’s adult literacy program for the purpose of increasing literacy among all age groups. Transcripts of recorded submissions are available at the library so that listeners can read along with the program.
The recordings and transcripts are also being made available on CDs for learners in the adult literacy and ESL programs — or other library patrons — to help them improve their reading and English language skills.
Mariposa County residents aged five and older (including homeless persons) are invited to write (or dictate if the person is a non-writer) stories following guidelines created by library staff.
The adult literacy coordinator selects stories for broadcasting based on adherence to writer’s guidelines. Guidelines can be picked up at the library or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Writers may record their own stories or choose someone else to read them.
Those outside the listening area can hear the program on the KRYZ website at www.kryzradio.org.
For more information about the Write to Read program call (209) 966-2140 or email email@example.com.
The Mariposa Library’s adult literacy program is funded by a California Library Literacy Services grant administered by the California State Library.