Monday, July 18, 2016

Redlands Library :: Redlands Adult Literacy Program launches its first book club

Redlands Adult Literacy Program launches its first book club
Redlands Daily Facts: 6.25.2016 by Diane Shimota

Do you belong to a book club? Many of us enjoy the thrill of discussing a great book with fellow readers.

Using funding from generous donors, the Redlands Adult Literacy Program has launched its first book club tailored to adult learners. The inaugural book is the inspiring story “Who was Helen Keller?” by Gare Thompson.

Book club members are adult learners who have chosen to attend the Adult Literacy Summer Program, which had its first meeting June. The summer program runs through July and invites learners and tutors to meet weekly at the library so that learners can continue to work on their reading and writing skills when summer vacations can interrupt weekly tutoring meetings.

Adult learner Ana Alcantar recommended the book about Helen Keller, saying, “Helen Keller is a wonderful role model for everyone, but for adult learners in particular. Because of her determination and strength of spirit, Helen Keller overcame the obstacles of being both deaf and blind.

“She learned to read, write and speak. She also became a successful author. Helen Keller showed how to live a successful life in spite of her disabilities. Her story is a wonderful example of how all of us can overcome significant obstacles in life,” Alcantar said.

“Not being able to read or write is a significant obstacle that we work to overcome in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program,” she said.

Perhaps you know someone who struggles to improve his or her reading and writing. Studies show that 20 percent of the U.S. adult population has difficulties with reading and writing.  READ MORE @

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