Saturday, August 8, 2015

Redlands Library : : Gunning for Extra Funding for its Adult Literacy Program

Smiley Public Library gunning for extra funding for its Adult Literacy program
Redlands Daily Facts: 8.06.2015 by Kristina Hernandez

The A.K. Smiley Public Library is planning to submit an application to receive additional funding from the state for its adult literacy program.

Officials from the State Library announced an investment of $2 million toward the program that provides one-on-one tutoring at libraries across the state to those looking to improve reading skills. Libraries, including Smiley, have until Aug. 14 to submit an application, according to a news release.

“Basically any money that we get from this grant is to enhance the program we have and run it more efficiently and enhance the existing program,” said Daniel Slota, a principal librarian and head of adult services at Smiley.

The amount of funding available to selected applicants was not announced in the release. However, more than 250,000 people have been helped by the program throughout the state. Federal statistics say there are 4 million Californians with low literacy skills, the release said.

Currently, there are 80 “literacy pairs” at Smiley composed of a literacy volunteer and learner, Slota said.

“The extra money will help us do better. We have one part-time literacy coordinator that is essentially running the program with the help of many volunteers.  READ MORE !

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