Project READ Redwood City Hosting Event Celebrating California Library Literacy Services’ 30th Anniversary
September 30th Celebration to Raise Awareness of Need for Volunteer Tutors
For Immediate Release
September 17, 2014.
Redwood City, CA - For the month of September, California Library Literacy Services, a program of the California State Library, celebrates 30 years of changing the lives of low-literate adults and their families. To mark this milestone, the state is launching a month-long awareness campaign titled “Together, California Reads” to encourage communities to support the efforts of their local public libraries in raising literacy rates.
Locally, the Project READ Redwood City program will be hosting an Open House cake and coffee event to celebrate 30 years of literacy and school success! The community is invited to join in this celebration, and learn more about Project READ and what it means to become a Project READ volunteer tutor.
Project READ Redwood City Celebrates the
California Library Literacy Services’ 30th Anniversary
Tuesday, September 30th, 1pm – 4pm
Project READ office, 2nd floor, Downtown Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Road
Volunteer tutors with Project READ Redwood City work one-on-one, or with a small group, for just a few hours a week, helping learners attain their personal educational goals. Tutors work with learners in a relaxed and supportive environment, providing a source of inspiration and hope, and instilling a lifelong love of learning. Tutoring sessions are individualized and designed to meet the needs of learners to improve their skills, learn, and achieve their goals. In Redwood City the focus is on tutoring our community’s inter-generational learners – from kids to adults to seniors – which contributes to one of the City Council’s Strategic Initiatives, “A Community for All Ages.”
California Library Literacy Services has helped nearly 250,000 Californians learn to read and write, and has provided grant funds to start local library literacy programs like Project READ Redwood City, to address family literacy at the local community level.
The U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Adult Literacy found that nearly 25 percent of California adults lack basic literacy skills—meaning they can’t read a newspaper, a bedtime story to a child, or the instructions on a bottle of medicine. As many as 4.5 million Californians over the age of 18 read below fourth grade levels. Low adult literacy contributes to major socio-economic challenges, with a high percentage of prison inmates and those living in poverty testing at the lowest literacy levels. The children of low-literate parents often aren’t read to and have few books in the home, leading to future generations of low-literate adults.
“All over California, trained volunteer tutors are reversing the low adult literacy cycle by working one-on-one with adult learners to help improve their reading skills,” said Greg Lucas, California’s State Librarian. “The sad fact is there just aren’t enough volunteers to meet demand.” This need is also evident here in Redwood City – volunteer tutors are needed to help change the lives of our eager learners, and bring a higher level of literacy to our community.
The award-winning Project READ Redwood City continues to tackle illiteracy in our community with its four key programs, but it can only do this with the help of volunteer tutors. Volunteers do not need special background or experience, only the desire to help others and a willingness to participate in a fun, hands-on, interactive, and engaging tutor training/program orientation. Interested community members can learn more at the Celebration on September 30th and at Project READ’s website,www.projectreadredwoodcity.org.
Redwood City Project READ is a library-based nonprofit organization providing tutoring and other enrichment services dedicated to ending illiteracy in Redwood City by 2020 through its intergenerational literary services. Project READ is closely tied to our local schools. For 27years it has offered multiple programs to meet the diverse needs and reading levels of adults, adolescents, and families in Redwood City, focusing on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
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Kathy Endaya, Executive Director
Project READ Redwood City