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Alameda County Library’s WRITE TO READ ADULT LITERACY Program Celebrates 25 Years of Serving the Community 

 

Believing that limited literacy skills prevent individuals from full social, political and social involvement, the Library’s Adult Literacy program has served the county for 25 years with a wide range of educational services.  Programs based at both the library and in neighborhoods within the community extend the library’s outreach effort to the underserved population throughout Alameda County.  Residents benefit from FREE one-on-one and group tutoring, reading clubs for second language learners, and computer labs.  Specific classes target Life Skills and Job Readiness skills in addition to reading, writing and spelling.

Students often express their appreciation for these classes.  One learner told us: “Thank you for your help.  I have improved my reading and writing with my family.”  Another commented: “This program has helped so much.  I feel happy inside my heart because of it.”

Critical to these learner-centered offerings are our trained tutors.  Mostly volunteers, they treat people from all cultural backgrounds with respect.  Instructing students to read, write and think critically, they have helped more than five thousand adults over the years.  With the aid of these smart, dedicated tutors the Library continues its work to reduce the presence of poverty, unemployment, low literacy and education levels in Alameda County.

Former learners, tutors and staff are welcomed to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration to share their Write to Read stories on May 12th at the Fremont Main Library. Please call us at (510) 745-1484.

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