Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Adult Education and Family Literacy Week:
September 13 – 19, 2010

AEFL Week was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and supported by the National Coalition for Literacy. It is a one-time only dedication to raise public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assist adult learners in need of literacy services, and support increased access to adult education and family literacy programs.

Burbank Public Library Literacy Services is part of a national network of literacy organizations offering adult education and family literacy programs to help Americans gain the basic literacy skills they need to be employable in today’s tough economy.

Burbank Public Library is also a member of the Southern California Library Literacy Network. SCLLN member libraries provide Free Adult Literacy and Families For Literacy services to adults and children from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

According to ProLiteracy, the literacy crisis in the U.S. costs the nation:
~ $60 billion a year in lost productivity
~ $73 billion in unnecessary health care expenses
~ contributes to unemployment, crime, drug abuse, and homelessness

“In the U.S., 1 out of 7 adults has below-basic literacy skills,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Making an investment in people’s education goes a long way in creating a skilled workforce. Use this awareness week to sound the alarm about the growing American literacy crisis.

On September 15, the National Coalition for Literacy presents the ‘Literacy Leadership Awards’ in Washington, DC. This year, NCL is pleased to honor the following individuals and organizations:

Senator Thomas Harkin (IA)
Representative John Yarmuth (KY)
English Under the Arches
: Betsy McKay-Dir Bilingual Leadership Devel., McDonald’s USA
Kentucky Education Television (KET)
Archie Willard, long time student advocate and leader

Adult Learners Fall Further Behind in Unstable Economy
-Adult Literacy Programs Work to Educate Those Often Left Behind-

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