San Benito County: Friends of the Library teaches adults how to read

From Benito Link

“It’s not necessarily true that everyone who walks into the San Benito County Free Library actually knows how to read.Friends of the Library, a nonprofit organization whose volunteers often lobby for the library at government meetings and hold fundraising events, provides reading tutors for adults who are either illiterate or need to improve their reading comprehension skills for a specific goal.County Librarian Nora Conte said the Adult Literacy Program is a feature at many libraries throughout the state. Originally, she said, the program was offered at the San Juan Bautista Library. Soon after coming to the county library in 2006, she applied for state funding. While the amount varies, she said it ranges from $16,000 to $22,000 each year.“That pays for a staff person to run it and we purchase books and materials so individuals can practice their reading and writing skills,” Conte said.”