NEW! Welcome to Pinellas County Guide – en Español

Guía del Condado de Pinellas en españolHello Everyone!

The Spanish version of the Welcome to Pinellas County guide has been published.  Copies have been sent to all library branches in the county.  An online version will soon be available on the LCUP web site, along with the original English version.  Copies of both versions are available on loan in the LCUP office located in the Dunedin Public Library.

The Welcome to Pinellas County: A Guide for Newcomers is intended for anyone but focuses on immigrants with the aim of helping to educate them about the abundance of opportunities available in Pinellas County to learn, work, recreate, stay healthy, stay safe, and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding them.
The guide includes an introduction and 8 units.  Each unit includes information, resources, photographs, web links, and ESL learning activities related to the topic. 
Contents of the guide include:
  • Welcome to Pinellas County
  • Recreation in Pinellas County
  • Transportation in Pinellas County
  • Community Resources in Pinellas County
  • Working in Pinellas County
  • Educational Opportunities in Pinellas County
  • Emergencies and Disasters in Pinellas County
  • Citizenship and Voting in Pinellas County
  • Plants and Animals in Pinellas County

Congratulations to a New U.S. Citizen (and His Teachers)

Congratulations to Vicente on becoming an American citizen in August!  Vicente attended the Citizenship Class at Clearwater East Community  Library to prepare for the interview.  Vicente is looking forward to voting in the United States for the first time.

A student become a Citizen

Our Citizenship Class helped Vicente reach his goal.

LCUP RECEIVES GRANT FROM PINELLAS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas recently received a generous $7,300 grant from the Pinellas Community Foundation.  The grant will enable the Council to translate the Pinellas County Guide, published in 2018, into Spanish and provide a copy for each branch of the Pinellas County Library Cooperative.  The grant will also fund bilingual books for the Little Free Library located at Dunedin Elementary School.  Grant funds will be used to purchase snacks and supplies for ESL conversation classes operating in multiple locations across northern Pinellas County.

Additionally, the grant will support two tutor trainings for new tutors and background checks for all new volunteers.  Equipment and supplies to help students who want to become citizens will also be supported by the grant.  Brochures and flyers to continue marketing LCUP’s services will also be funded.  We are most appreciative of the Pinellas Community Foundation’s support for our literacy efforts.