Porterville: Latino adult literacy targeted

From The Porterville Recorder

” The Porterville City Library has been selected as one of nine libraries across California to join a pilot program – Leamos™ (Let’s Read) @ the Library.The pilot program aims to bring the Centro Latino for Literacy online literacy course to the state’s non-literate Spanish speakers, which number 573,866. The two-year pilot project is supported by a grant awarded by the James Irvine Foundation to Centro Latino to explore partnerships with public libraries.Greg Lucas, California State Librarian, said, “In a state which gained a Latino plurality [in 2014], it seems at a minimum good common sense to encourage programs like Leamos. Without literacy skills in their native language, proficiency in English becomes significantly harder, if not impossible, to attain.”Porterville Library Supervisor Rebecca Jauregui, who heads up the Adult Literacy Center, is very excited about being selected. She said the city did not apply, but was chosen. It is the only library in the Central Valley chosen.”