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Scrabble Showdown and National Literacy Month

October 1, 2015

Spend an evening with us as we celebrate literacy in the metro area! Play Scrabble, eat and drink, bid on silent auction items and enjoy those who love words and fun as much as you do! September is National Literacy Month. What better reason to join us?

Doors open 5:00 pm. Games begin promptly at 6 pm. This year, there are two divisions. In the Recreational/Amateur Tournament, participants play in teams of two. Three full rounds are offered guaranteeing an entire evening of play. The entry fee is $50.00 per team ($25.00 per person). Prizes are awarded to the top two teams. For Recreational/Amateur players, assists, “cheat sheets,” and additional letters are available for purchase at the event.

The Club/Professional Tournament is a one-on-one competition. If you want tougher competition, this is the division for you! Three full rounds are guaranteed. The entry fee is $25.00 per person.

Entry fee includes dinner and drink tickets. Spectator tickets will be sold at the door. News 9's Alex Cameron will emcee the event this year. Remember, your Scrabble Showdown entry fee renews your OKCMLC annual membership ($25 for individuals, $50 for nonprofits, and $100 for businesses).

Welcome New Board Officers!

Literacy Friends and Members,

As we move into the month of  September, the OKCMLC welcomes new board officers! As September is Literacy Month, what a great time to look to the future of literacy in our community. Our new officers are professionals with lots of energy and experience and a real interest in supporting the literacy community. I am honored to have served as board chair the last two years. I will continue to be a board member and as such, my new title is Community Network Liaison. Join us for Scrabble Showdown on October 1st and meet these great new leaders.

I am honored to introduce our new board officers,

Mary Surbeck

Bevan Graybill, Board Chair

Bevan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and her juris doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Bevan is currently working as a staff attorney for a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals and recently received a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Oklahoma City University. Bevan also serves on the boards of directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Oklahoma City and ReMerge of Oklahoma County, and is the leader of the OKC Chapter of the KU Alumni Association, and is a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Curtis Calvin, Vice Chair

Mr. Curtis Calvin currently serves as Deputy Director of Education and Outreach for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA).  In that capacity, he is responsible for providing support at the state level for early childhood education, common education and adult education.  Prior to working with OETA, Mr. Calvin served in various capacities within the public health and public education industries. Mr. Calvin is driven by his personal passion “…to provide all Oklahomans with the tools necessary to gain access to life’s best options.”

Scott Butcher, Treasurer

A native Oklahoman, Scott was born in Tulsa, grew up in Shawnee, and went to college in Norman. He now lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, child, and dog and works for Crowe & Dunlevy. He started reading at an early age after learning the alphabet using those multi-colored refrigerator-magnets. A graduate of NYU School of Law, Scott’s law practice is focused on natural resources, energy, and the environment. His support for OKCMLC and the work of its member organizations is founded on a personal belief that literacy is indispensable to self-determination.

Kathleen Lienke, Secretary

Kathleen is retiring as Director of Library Media Services for Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS).  Development of long-range library media and library technology plans for building-level and district library media services have been central to her work. She holds a B.A. degree from City University of New York, Queens College; a M. Ed. degree from Oklahoma City University; and a M.L.I.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma.  Kathleen has served in various capacities for Oklahoma Library Association (OLA), Oklahoma School Librarians (OKSL), and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG).  She is a past member of both the Children’s and Intermediate Sequoyah Award Committee.

September is National Literacy Month

OKCMLC is preparing for our Sixth Annual Scrabble Showdown! Do your part for literacy and join us as we celebrate literacy with our literacy members, partners and supporters!

Check out this great book:

Here's a book with something new—
You read to me! I'll read to you!

This unique book "in two voices" uses traditional reading techniques to invite children to read along with an adult. Featuring clever word play and humor, this book is a unique celebration of the joys of reading together. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. There are several books in the series. This book works with adult learners as it features duet, individual and echo reading techniques!! (Click to find them at the Metropolitan Library System or on

Author Mary Ann Hoberman is a former Children's Poet Laureate and a winner of the National Book Award. During her tenure as Children's Poet Laureate, Ms. Hoberman visited numerous classrooms and libraries, introducing both children and adults to the joys of reading and memorizing poetry. She is the author of more than forty books for children, including All Kinds of Families! and the award-winning You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series.



  1. Book Clubs – adopt a literacy organization to help with reading instruction materials and tools (See our list of members)
  2. Social Organizations – start a book exchange within your group
  3. Classroom Teachers – ask your students to create a list of 30 reasons why learning to read is important--Please share with us!
  4. Individuals – consider tutoring! Two trainings are coming up in September. OIC for adult literacy is September 12, and Payne Education Center training for children and adults is September 19. Call 405-755-4205.
  5. Families - encourage your seniors to continue learning – investigate Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for upcoming courses.
  6. Volunteer in the Oklahoma City Public Schools – training on September 14.
  7. Make a donation to OKCMLC for GED test fees, tutor materials and training fees.
  8. Send us your ideas for Literacy Month activities and we will share with our members.
  9. Play in the SCRABBLE SHOWDOWN - October 1!
September 2015

Featured Event

6th Annual Scrabble Showdown

October 1, 2015
Castle Falls Event Center
5:00 - 9:00 pm
Click here to learn more & sign up!

Upcoming Literacy Events

Literacy Month at
Half Price Books!

September 1-30, 2015
OKC Metro stores benefiting OKCMLC!
Click here to learn more

OIC Literacy Tutor Training

September 3 & 12, 2015
An orientation will provide introductory information and answer questions about the literacy program; full training takes place Sept 12.
Click here to learn more

OKC Public Schools Volunteer Orientation

September 14, 2015
Click here for more information

Payne Education Center Tutor Training

Volunteer Tutor Training
September 19, 2015
Click here for more information

OLC Fall Conference

Oklahoma Literacy & Adult Education Fall Conference and Training
September 27-29, 2015
Click here for more information
Are you planning a literacy related event? Let us know and we'll share it in our next newsletter!
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