Friday, March 17, 2017

Ventura County Library :: Read to a Child and Support Adult Literacy

Editorial: Read to a child and support adult literacy

Thursday is our national day to promote and celebrate reading. In classrooms across our county and nation, teachers, parents and other guests will be reading to children as part of Read Across America Day.

This annual event created by the National Education Association in 1998 and held on and around the birthday of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel — Dr. Seuss — offers everyone a wonderful chance to get involved in their local schools and support education and literacy.

Literacy, however, is not just an issue for children. About 18 percent of adults 16 to 65 years old in the United States struggle with basic reading and comprehension, according to the U.S. Department of Education. So today is also a good day to applaud a local program that has been working to improve adult literacy in Ventura County for more than three decades.

The Ventura County library system’s READ Adult Literacy Program — featured in a Star story last week — has been offering free help with reading and writing for English-speaking adults since 1984. It trains volunteers to provide weekly, one-on-one reading and writing tutoring for adults, with sessions held at libraries, schools, jails and other facilities throughout the county.  READ MORE @

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