Thursday, September 08, 2011

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September 8

Congratulations to our Volunteers who attended and received certificates at Burbank Library’s most recent Tutor Workshop (Left – Right): Demetra Cook (AL), Reena Shah (YL), Greg Dawless (AL), Chelsea Rapoport (YL), Tania Cenzano (AL), and Rita Nelson, absent, (AL).

Burbank Public Library provides 2 FREE Basic Reading programs.
Adult Literacy: 18 or older, read below 8th grade and speak/understand English.
Youth Literacy: ‘Ready To Read’ for 4th-12th graders reading below grade level.

Join the next Tutor Workshop: November 3, 5 and 19th.
For More Information: 818 . 238 . 5577

Why Learn to Read ?
2/3rd’s of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. The 4th grade is the watershed year. Literacy is learned.
- Illiteracy is passed along by parents who cannot read or write.
- 1 child in 4 grows up not knowing how to read.

Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every
socio-economic issue in the United States
- 60%+ of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.
- 85% of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
(National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 2003)
- Low health literacy costs the US between $106 billion and $238 billion each year.
(John A. Vernon, UConn Health Economist)
- 50% of the chronically unemployed are not functionally literate. (U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education-Dr. S Sclafani, April 2005)

Check out National Coalition for Literacy's “Fact Finder” for more information about:
- Adult Literacy
- American Competitiveness
- District and State Facts
- English Language Learning
- Family Literacy
- Health Literacy
- Immigration and Integration
- Incarceration
- Libraries and Literacy
- Professional Development
- Return on Investment (ROI)

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