In this month’s “On the Shelves” column by York County Libraries community director Deb Sullivan, she muses on how often we read each day:
“…the weather forecast on my phone, the street and road signs on my way to work, 140-character Twitter posts, work emails, newspapers, online articles, magazines and books… Even ordering food from a menu at lunch, reading what’s on sale at the grocery store, or being able to decipher the right dose of cold medicine.”
For community members with low literacy skills, even the small things become difficult.
Sullivan writes: “Last January, the York County Community Foundation awarded a $6,325 grant to York County Libraries and the York County Literacy Council that enabled the two organizations to merge their collections, enabling easy access to literacy teaching materials and English as a Second Language (ESL) resources countywide.”
“York Reads!” was born, a joint initiative to promote literacy for all in York County. Recruitment efforts for volunteer adult tutors were expanded into libraries. After all, who better to teach than those who love to read?