In honor of Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Awareness Month, join us for free screenings of three acclaimed documentary films and an expert panel focused on the science of reading.
We will explore how we think and talk about these issues, and learn about research on ways to support developing readers, especially those with learning differences.
Come to one event or all four on Thursdays in October at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Library. In-room activities will be available for children. This series is presented in partnership by Eugene Public Library Foundation and Eugene Public Library.
The Right to Read
Thursday, October 5, 6 p.m.
This film shares the stories of an NAACP activist, a teacher and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read. Filled with personal stories as well as hard facts, this documentary addresses reading as a civil rights issue. Learn more about The Right to Read.
The Truth About Reading: The Invisible Crisis Hiding in Plain Sight
Thursday, October 12, 6 p.m.
Featuring the stories of two men who did not learn to read and write until adulthood, this film explores the ways that illiteracy and sub-literacy impact a person’s ability to truly thrive. Literacy experts share the seriousness of the illiteracy crisis in America and how implementation of science and evidence-based practices can transform lives and ensure every child learns how to read. Learn more about The Truth About Reading.
Blame It on Gutenberg
Thursday, October 19, 6 p.m.
This documentary provides an engaging overview of the evolving science of dyslexia, dueling theories over how to teach reading, and one family's landmark struggle with an unresponsive school system. The filmmakers were inspired in part by the desire to make this information more accessible as visual and oral content rather than text. Learn more about Blame It On Gutenberg.
Science of Reading Panel
Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m.
Learn and connect about these topics with a panel of local school, library and community experts.