Central Coast adult literacy programs connect tutors and learners


” In San Luis Obispo County, an estimated 30,000 adults have limited literacy skills in English. In Santa Barbara County, about 18 percent of adults lack basic English literacy skills, that’s 50,000 people. And in Monterey County, according to Panetta Institute for Public Policy, 28 percent of adults – or eighty to ninety thousand people – are unable to read or understand written English.Trying to decrease those numbers are several programs around the Central Coast, offered by public libraries or non-profits. They are all part of the California State Library Literacy Service, which partially funds the programs.In Santa Barbara County, there is the public library system’s Adult Literacy Program and the Central Coast Literacy Council, which serves Santa Maria, Solvang, Lompoc, Los Alamos and Orcutt. The Monterey County Free Libraries’ Adult Literacy Program offers one-on-one tutoring or conversation groups. And in San Luis Obispo, Literacy for Life teaches 400 to 600 adults each year their English ABCs, said executive director Bernadette Bernadi.”


California Library Literacy Services: Deadline for library literacy grants nearing

from the San Diego Union Tribune

” Public libraries have two weeks left to apply for state funding for adult literacy programs. An additional $2 million in state funding has been earmarked for libraries to join the adult literacy program that provides one-on-one tutoring to Californians who want to improve reading skills. The program, run by California Library Literary Services, has helped more than 250,000 residents learn to read and write over the past 30 years.”


California: State funds available for adult literacy program

from the Visalia Times-Delta

“The Tulare County adult literacy program may get additional funding from the state. Earlier this week, the California State Library announced there is $2 million available for local libraries with adult literacy programs. The funds, made available by Gov. Jerry Brown and the California legislature, will target libraries that lost literacy programs when state funding tightened up in recent years.”


Volunteers provide a second chance for learning at library literacy program

from the Napa Valley Register

“The California Library Literacy Program was created 30 years ago. It was recognized that community libraries, where people go to read and access information, would make ideal locations for those who wanted to improve their reading, writing and speaking skills, and libraries then became the community centers for literacy programs.”


Governor Proclaims September “Adult Literacy Awareness Month”

from the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. – Newsroom

“Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring September ‘Adult Literacy Awareness Month.’ The proclamation coincides with a statewide awareness campaign titled ‘Together, California Reads’ which was announced by the California State Library on August 26 in celebration of California Library Literacy Services’ 30th anniversary.”


California Library Literacy Services Celebrates 30th Anniversary

from PR Web

“This 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. Since its inception, California’s Library Literacy Services has helped nearly a quarter of a million Californians learn to read and write.”