Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Adult Literacy Awareness Month

Adult Literacy Awareness Month, 1986
Proclamation 5519: August 27, 1986
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

The incidence of illiteracy and functional illiteracy among the Nation's adult population negatively affects our economy, our social institutions, and our security. It also limits the opportunities open to those who lack basic reading and writing skills. Estimates of the number of illiterate or functionally illiterate Americans range from twenty-three million to over fifty million.
Adult illiteracy has not received the attention it deserves. As Americans come to understand the problem better they will come to grips with it. Illiteracy is not limited to any region of the Nation, nor to any social or ethnic group. We must take this problem seriously and provide the means and the motivation to help those with literacy deficiencies to master the ability to read and write.

The SCLLN blog will feature our member
library literacy programs throughout September.


Our mission is to help adults improve their reading and writing skills so that they perceive a positive impact on their lives in such areas as self-esteem, employment, family life, and community involvement.

A.L.L. provides one-to-one basic literacy tutoring by trained volunteers to adults (age 16+) throughout the Alhambra area. A.L.L., through the Alhambra Civic Center Library, has been offering this service since October 1983, when Alhambra joined the California Literacy Campaign.

SERVICES PROVIDED: Families for Literacy - Literacy Tutors
The Literacy Department can be contacted at (626) 570-3281

Altadena Library District: Adult LiteracyLet's Read Altadena!

Funded in part by a grant from the California State Library, the Adult Literacy Services program of the Altadena Library District – Let’s Read Altadena – has been serving the residents of Altadena since 1988. For the last 15 years it has been housed at the Bob Lucas Branch Library.

Instruction is provided by volunteer tutors who have completed a 12-hour tutor training course. The services of Let’s Read Altadena are free of charge to any adult. Speakers of other languages are also encouraged to enroll in our program once they have mastered basic spoken English.

Give The Gift
of reading and writing to adult learners in
California library literacy programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego

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