Sunday, April 2, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Charlottesville VA :: Rutherford Co NC :: Kansas City MO

Hear Together: Literacy Volunteers
WNRN: 2.07.2017

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA) addresses low literacy and undereducation among adults in our region through free, individualized reading, writing and English language instruction. Our mission is to help individuals become better workers, consumers, neighbors, citizens and parents through one-to-one tutoring.  LISTEN 📻

New literacy council established to improve adult literacy
Digital Courier: 3.21.2017 by Scott Carpenter

Before now, there were no comprehensive options available for adults who lack literacy skills. But a new literacy council has recently been established for Rutherford County. The Lake Lure Community Education Foundation (LLCEF), in partnership with the Rutherford County Library System, has created Rutherford County Reads (RCREADS). It is in the process of obtaining official nonprofit legal status.

The idea for this project started when LLCEF president and current Rutherford County Librarian April Young was library manager of the Mountains Branch Library in 2011. Young also heads RCREADS.

“I just kept getting so frustrated,” Young stated. “Adult non-readers would come to me for direction on where to get help, and I had no where to send them. I used to be able to send people to Buncombe or Henderson literacy councils, but those resources stopped taking students from outside their counties.”

Young moved to Rutherfordton from Hoke County in 2011. In 2015, when Young became county librarian, she began to see and hear more about the problem of adult illiteracy.

“I would hear from health department and social services personnel, who had a need for literacy resources. In this county, there was no comprehensive program available for adults,” Young said.  READ MORE @

Kansas City Public Library Offers Citizenship Classes

Public Libraries Online: 3.14.2017 by Alyson Iuchs

While countless public libraries have a webpage listing local and national naturalization resources, the Kansas City (MO) Public Library (KCPL) is one of the only public libraries to form a program and team specifically designed to help immigrants become citizens. KCPL created the Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) program to help connect local immigrants with quality services and resources through outreach, education, and advocacy. Julie Robinson, the refugee and immigration services outreach manager said, “In many countries, people don’t have the option of going to the library. This is their first experience and they don’t understand what they can gain from a library.”

The library started a free citizenship preparation class when they saw a need in their patron base. The classes teach basic U.S. history, offers a review of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) “100 Questions,” and lets participants practice the citizenship exam and interview.  READ MORE @

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