Public Libraries and Adult Literacy: State of the Field
March 13, 2024 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
From Beverly Schwartzberg, Library Programs Consultant, California State Library
Over the past year, I’ve received a number of inquiries about basic adult literacy services in libraries and heard about reading instruction programs from trainers and vendors who work across the nation. I know that in many states there are individual libraries that offer adult literacy services and others that are interested in doing so. In some states, there are state funded adult literacy and ESL services in libraries. I represent California Library Literacy Services, now celebrating its 40th anniversary of supporting adult and family literacy programs in libraries across our state. I’d like to convene a general meeting of public libraries and State Library Agency staff who work on adult literacy issues.
Isn’t it time we all met to find out what’s happening in the field? Although we all have different partners and models, we share roles as library literacy supporters or providers.
The agenda for this meeting is to learn about the state of the field. Please be ready to share what’s happening in your region, or at least share your questions.
Please share with others in your state libraries and, particularly, with public libraries and staff that you know are engaged in literacy services for adults, whether through tutoring, online educational opportunities, workforce development, classes, or other forms of adult education.
Questions? Contact Beverly Schwartzberg at firstname.lastname@example.org