LitNet Launches Monthly Cable TV Show

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LEE, Mass. — Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) announced the launch of its new monthly cable TV show titled "Literacy Network of South Berkshire Presents…"

Co-hosted by LitNet's Executive Director Leigh Doherty and LitNet board member and local educator Dr. Roselle Chartock, each episode will delve into LitNet's past, present, and future by featuring learners, tutors, individuals significant to the organization's history and development, community leaders, educational professionals, and more.

"There are so many wonderful people and wonderful relationships within the LitNet community," Doherty said. "They are inspiring people stories, so even if one is not available or interested in being a tutor or does not need a tutor the stories are human and will be worthy of one's time regardless." 

The show's goal is to spread awareness of the work the organization does, to delve into topics surrounding adult- and ESOL-education, and to inform the community of how they might become involved with LitNet. In the show's first episode, "Tutor Talk," Doherty speaks with four LitNet tutors—two seasoned, two new—about why they became involved in LitNet, what their journeys with their learners have been like, and their advice to prospective tutors. 

Chartock said she is excited about the show for two reasons: "First, because the word will get out to folks who are looking for assistance with their English language skills. And now they will know where they can find that service for free. And second, the word about LitNet's services will reach those who might be interested in becoming tutors and/or supporters. It's wonderful to have CTSB and other public access groups contributing to such a worthy mission." 

"Tutor Talk" will air on Jan. 24, 2021 at 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Episodes air each Sunday at 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM, Wednesday at 5:30 PM, and Saturday at 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Episodes will re-air at each time throughout the month. Show duration is 30 minutes. Viewers can watch on Spectrum Cable Channel 1302 and on the CTSB website, www.ctsbtv.com, or check in at www.litnetsb.org for other ways to watch. 


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