LCUP President Dr. Pat Bauer and Vice President Mary Frances Kirkpatrick attended the 2015 Florida Literacy Conference “Open Books Open Minds” in Orlando, FL Wed, April 9 through Fri, May 1, 20015 held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. 

Keynote Speaker was Dr. Criag Boykin, who has endured many hardships to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy in his family to earn a Ph.D. and, to write a book entitled “My Life, Your Inspiration.” You can find more information about Dr. Boykin at

More than 200 adult education, literacy and ESOL students attended Adult Learner Day, Wed, April 29 for a full day of activities coordinated by of adult learners. The free event included lunch and session topics such as health literacy, financial literacy and career readiness.


More than 70 Concurrent Session Workshops were offered through the conference including:

  • Learning Differences – A Snapshot View
  • Common Mistakes Made by Non English Speakers
  • Roundtable for Community-based Literacy Directors
  • Reading for Meaning-Fluently

…and more!


Students also read winning essays from the newest Florida Adult Learner Essay Book  “Hear Me” which can be downloaded here.

Hear Me

LCUP Board of Directors President Dr. Pat Bauer and LCUP Board of Directors Vice-President Mary Frances Kirkpatrick attended the Pinellas County Schools’ ESOL Community Advisory and ESOL Parent Leadership Council Meeting on Tue, April 14, 2005 from 10 am to noon at the PCS Discovery Room in Largo.

Highlights are included in the following printed Meeting Minutes. For more information go to Pinellas County Schools, ESOL Family Outreach.



Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May (May 2 this year). Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops! COMIC BOOK SHOP FINDER Find a local participating comic book shop at this finder link. 

free comic book day

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Dunedin Public Library. There will be outside activities in the library courtyard, a sign up for an informative walk on the Pinellas Trail, a mobile app pavilion, popular topics stages in the Community and Youth Rooms with guest speakers/activities and, resource tables throughout the library including a Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas Health Literacy Resource Table. Stop by our office, beside the Community Room, pick up some materials and say “hello!” Tutors, talk with us about tips on how to incorrporate health literacy into your lesson planning.   (Click on each image to enlarge information)