Have you entered “Express Yourself” yet?  Don’t forget!  Your application which tells us you intend to make a presentation is due June 30, 2017, but your actual entry is not due until mid-August. 

New this year:  The annual essay contest has been expanded
to include so much more!

Entries for 2017’s contest may include original written essays
as in past years, but also may include poems, short stories, speeches,or dramatic pieces to be read at the
LCUP Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on
October 7, 2017 at Honeymoon Island State Park. 

Here are the details:

The celebration of literacy is an opportunity for LCUP Adults Learners to be creative and demonstrate their literacy skills at the annual LCUP Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on October 7, 2017, at Honeymoon Island State Park. 

You may:

  • Write an original essay, poem, or short story and read it

  • Read a published essay, poem, speech, or short story

  • Share an experience in your life

  • Perform a Readers Theater dramatic reading with other students


Rules: Each presentation will be limited to 3 minutes. LCUP tutors may help Adult Learners prepare their performances and submit applications. 

Deadline for applications: June 30, 2017

Contact: Jan Demers at jmacdemers@gmail.com 

Express Yourself Application

Complete this form and click "submit" or print and mail to

Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas, 223 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698
Attention: Jan Demers


  • Applicants must be Adult Learners of the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas

  • This form must be submitted by June 30, 2017

  • Applicants must be able to attend the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
    on October 7, 2017

  • Presentations may not exceed 3 minutes

Tutor's Name
Title and short description of your entry:*
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Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas
223 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698
727-298-3080, ext. 1724

Joe Moore – What the Library Means to Me


Story courtesy of Largo Library’s publication, Bookmark

Every Tuesday for many years Joe Moore arrives at Largo Library to meet his reading tutor, Dawn Chisholm.  Dawn is a volunteer with the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas.  Joe’s initial goal was to learn to read well enough to share story books with Madison,
his great niece.

As a result of using the library study rooms, Joe expanded his goals to include learning how to use library resources, and how to find and auto-check out books of interest to challenge his vocabulary and imagination.  Joe says “doing my tutoring at Largo Library is inspiring, everyone is here to read books or use the computer.  The staff in every department is always friendly and helpful.”