For immediate release Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067
Cursive writing, penmanship classes for students available at Powderly Branch Library
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—Tutors are now available at the Powderly Branch Library to assist students in the City of Birmingham in learning basic cursive writing and penmanship. The classes began in December after the Powderly Library received an Innovative & Cool Award from the Birmingham Public Library Board to fund the new program.
The After School Writing Lab, called “Assistance with Cursive Writing and Basic Penmanship,” is taught by tutors from Birmingham’s Social Security Administration. The class focuses on teaching second- through fifth-grade students in the Birmingham City School System cursive writing and basic penmanship, said Loretta Bitten, branch manager of the Powderly Library.
“We were informed by one of our parents that the school system had implemented cursive writing in the school’s curriculum and many of the children are having difficulty,” Bitten said. “Because of this, we offer a writing lab weekly to help strengthen the children with cursive writing and penmanship.”
The grant money from the BPL Board of Trustees was used to buy writing tablets, pencil and pens, stencils, erasers, chalk, markers and stencils, templates and blackboards. Light snacks will be provided each session. For more information, call Powderly Library at (205) 925-6178.
“We initially were going for six weeks. The children loved it so much until we continued to have it once weekly,” Bitten said.
The class schedule, at Powderly Library, for February is as follows:
Learn Cursive Writing and General Penmanship, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m.
Learn Cursive Writing and General Penmanship, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4 p.m.
Learn Cursive Writing and General Penmanship, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m.
Learn Cursive Writing and General Penmanship, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m.