Sunday, April 23, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Solano Co CA :: Little Rock AR :: Santa Barbara CA

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


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 @

Friday, April 21, 2017

Adult Learning: The Five Key Assumptions of Andragogy

Adult learning: The five key assumptions of andragogy
EWorks:  5.10.2016 by Darcy Nicolson

Knowles and andragogy

Knowles built his andragogical model on a number of assumptions about the way adults learn, and kept refining it. I have seen versions with one more and one less assumption, but his 1984 paper, Androgogy in action (Knowles, S.M., 1984) [sic] he settled on these five, which we will look at now [1].

1. Need to know
Adult learners need to know why they would learn something before they will invest time and attention in a subject.

2. Learner’s self-concept
The adult learner’s self-concept is more independent. Knowles said “In a traditional classroom setting an adult learner will fold their arms and say ‘teach me’”.

3. Role of experience
Adult learners bring bountiful prior experience into a learning environment.

4. Readiness to learn
Readiness to learn is an important factor in adult learning.

5. Motivation to learn
For me the key underpinning success to any learning exercise for anyone, young or old, is the motivation to learn.  READ MORE @

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Salem/Cumberland NJ :: Lancasters/Lebanon PA :: Sonoma Co CA

estimates that just a 1 percent rise in average literacy rates yields a 1.5 percent permanent increase in gross domestic product, or an additional $2.31 billion.

By May 2015, Jeffrey had met and exceeded all of his original goals. He was able to read to his three children and help them with their school needs. He had passed his driver’s tests and obtained his Driver’s License. He was also applying for full-time work for the city in which he resided and was ready to leave our program.  READ MORE @

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Cost of Low Health Literacy :: Pharmacy Times

The Cost of Low Health Literacy
Pharmacy Times: 4.09.2017 by Steve Leuck, PharmD

We all know that lack of literacy skills can pose a challenge for anyone navigating their way through every day obstacles. Place this person in a health care environment, and the problem increases significantly. Furthermore, discharge this patient from the hospital with current standards and they are sent home with stacks of paper that promptly get set aside with many questions left unanswered.
On average, individuals with low health literacy can read at a fifth-grade level, while consumer medication information is written at a tenth-grade level. Health professionals regularly overestimate patients’ level of understanding and commonly do not allow ample time for questions and answers. As well, it is not uncommon for hospitals to focus on meeting the regulatory requirements of the facility by sending patients home with all the required documents, rather than assuring a complete understanding of their discharge protocol.

As defined by the Institute of Medicine, health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

In 2003, the US Department of Education National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) measured, among other items, health literacy. Based on the results of this study, it was found that over 36% of the adult US population was either basic or below basic health literacy. In 2007, an analysis of this report, Low Health Literacy: Implications for National Health Policy, attempted to define the impact of this astounding statistic. The US population in 2003 was approximately 242 million adults. This corresponded to an astounding 87 million US adults with at or below basic health literacy.

Empirical research on a conceptual model placed the cost of low health literacy between 7-17% of all healthcare expenditures. In 2003 this dollar amount was estimated to be between $106- $238 billion annually. In the year 2015, the annual health care expenditures are estimated to be $3.6 trillion, which would provide a cost of low health literacy at approximately $612 billion dollars.  READ MORE @

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Literacy – Spanning North America :: Victoria BC :: Bangor ME :: Misson Hills CA

Leaner literacy groups survive, with help from TC Book Drive
Times Colonist: 4.01.2017 by Jack Knox

It would have been dead easy to give up on Literacy Victoria. Ditto for the READ Society.

Both were volunteer-driven outfits, and volunteers want fulfilment, not the headache of keeping a drowning charity afloat.

In fact, Literacy Victoria did go under for a while, shutting its doors in 2014.

“It would have been so easy to stay closed,” says Susan Reece, a volunteer tutor who ended up chairing the group’s board.

But then the impact of the loss began to be felt. How were all those adults who struggle with reading, writing and numeracy supposed to overcome their hurdles? “We had so many people who were upset that it had closed after all those years.”

So Reece and a few others spent a few months huddled around a kitchen table figuring out how to reopen the doors, which they were able to do in 2015. Then, last year, Reece got to talking with Charlie Etchell of the READ Society, a youth-focused literacy group that had emerged from its own near-death experience.

The result was September’s merger of the two non-profits, now known as the Victoria Literacy Connection. It’s a leaned-down organization that helps both children and adults, teaching them skills without which they would be left behind in life.  READ MORE @

Annual 'Literacy Tea' promotes the joys of reading
WLBZ-TV:  4.02.2017 by Samantha York

The Literacy Volunteers of Bangor have put on their annual 'Literacy Tea' for the past five years -- it is a fundraiser that raises money for the groups adult literacy programs and encourages those of all ages to pick up a book and read.  WATCH VIDEO  📺

The desire to help her community led to a decision to run for the State Assembly in 2014. In a surprising upset, she won the election and took office as a political novice. She has since introduced legislation in key areas of concern to her and her constituents. Four of her bills have been signed by the Governor.  READ MORE @

Friday, April 14, 2017

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 :: ALA

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016
ALA News: April 2017

The list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 is here. This year’s list explores a range of genres (young adult, fiction, memoir) and formats (novels, graphic novels, picture books), but they have one thing in common: each book was threatened with removal from spaces where diverse ideas and perspectives should be welcomed.

The annual list is compiled by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF); OIF calculates the Top Ten by documenting public media articles of challenges, and censorship reports submitted through the office’s reporting form. For an in-depth look at censorship trends, check out the State of America’s Libraries Report.

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016

Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 are

1.This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
2.Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
3.George written by Alex Gino
4.I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
5.Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
6.Looking for Alaska written by John Green
7.Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
8.Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
9.Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
10.Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Stanislaus Co CA :: Tulare Co CA :: Santa Clara CA


Colvin shared her secrets for how she stays in shape and maintains her sharp wit.  READ MORE @