Literacy programs at libraries across the country have literally changed people's lives. Hear the real-life stories of library directors, program administrators, teachers, tutors, librarians, and adult learners who have experienced the transformation firsthand. With nine out of ten libraries playing a role in adult literacy and thirty percent offering instruction, it is ever-clear that libraries are major players in promoting and increasing literacy. One component of ALA's own "Literacy in Libraries across America" initiative (funded in part by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund), this book was conceived to help strengthen library-based literacy programs. As you digest the lessons learned from these stories, you'll better: * Understand the essential role that libraries play in literacy and adult education. * Meet the educational needs of your unique community - whether urban or rural. * Use technology to revamp the way people learn to read and write. * Create winning local partnerships to make literacy programs a reality.
Public libraries, non-profits, literacy organizations, and community groups can all use the practical and specific information in this book to tackle the endemic problem of illiteracy in America.
GraceAnne A. DeCandido is a writer, editor, teacher, and speaker who currently works as an editorial and Web consultant for her own company, Blue Roses Consulting. She spent ten years as a librarian at the New York Public Library, the Parsons School of Design, and New York University, and twelve years in library publishing, working for the Special Libraries Association, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. DeCandido earned her master's degree in library science from Columbia University.
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