Literacy: Spanning the U.S.
Library Adult Literacy Program
Literacy is the key to diverse learning experiences which permit people to reach their goals, develop their potential and advance their knowledge to participate dynamically in their community. With that in mind, the Solano County Library system has implemented a program to battle adult illiteracy.
Targeting adult illiteracy is critical as it empowers a person’s ability to provide life skill tools in overcoming poverty and sustaining a self-worth attitude. Thirty percent of adults with household incomes at or below the federal poverty line do not have a high school credential. An educational background helps to improve quality of life. Seventy-five percent of the inmates in the California justice system did not finish high school or are classified as having low literacy. In view of these statistics, the 2016-2017 Solano County Grand Jury determined that it is important to review the effectiveness of the Solano County Library Literacy Program which serves our community
The 2016-2017 Solano County Grand Jury found that the County Library Adult Literacy Program has undertaken a valuable and much needed service in our community and should be commended for its efforts. The exit surveys from the tutors have expressed an enthusiastic attitude and reflected a gratifying experience in serving the community. READ MORE @
At Age 66, Army Vet Conquers Learning to Read
ProLiteracy Blog: 4.12.2017 by Jennifer Paulding
Sammy King was 66 years old when he learned how to read. He was inspired after learning about Helen Keller and decided it was finally time to get the help he needed and become literate. This is King’s story:
“My daddy couldn’t read and write. He couldn’t even write his name, but he worked all his life and he raised me and done a good job. Back when I was a kid, we didn’t have no help. My momma got killed early so daddy taught me how to work, be honest, and survive.”
King was raised by his father. Despite not knowing how to read or write himself, King’s father wanted his son to complete school and obtain the education that he never had the chance to get. King, however, left school in the sixth grade. He didn’t think the teachers were really teaching him anything, and he believed they passed students to the next grade based on their age and not educational progress.
In 1968, when King was 18, he was drafted into the United States Army to fight in the Vietnam War. He was a devoted soldier in the army, but he didn’t always feel respected by everyone in his unit. It was no secret that King could not read, and for that, he was treated differently by most of his army brothers.
It wasn’t until King retired that he decided to visit Literacy Action of Central Arkansas to learn how to read.
Although the process was difficult and frustrating, King would spend several hours every week studying and practicing his reading skills. Since the beginning of his literacy journey, Literacy Action volunteer tutor Pratt Remmel has helped him gain his literacy skills. READ MORE @
Volunteers Open World of Literacy for Adults
Noozhawk: 4.15.2017 by Beverly Schwartzberg, Santa Barbara Public Library System
Patient, enthusiastic adults are needed to tutor learners in the Santa Barbara Public Library System’s free Adult Literacy Program.
Volunteer tutors help local adults study basic skills, build work readiness, prepare for the citizenship exam, read to children, and achieve other goals.
The library system will offer a nine-hour training course for new tutors in May. The three-day workshop will take place 1-4 p.m. Monday May 1, Wednesday May 3, and Friday May 5. All three sessions are required.
The library’s Adult Literacy Program has helped thousands of local adults since 1987.
Volunteers provided more than 7,000 hours of instruction in the past year, helping other community members read more confidently, prepare to return to school, be able to read to their kids and help with homework, and prepare for better careers. READ MORE @