To help honor these milestones, the Colusa County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed September as “Adult Literacy Awareness Month”. The Colusa County Library Literacy Program and the Colusa County Literacy Council will also be holding a 28th Anniversary Celebration on the 26th of September. This event will honor Colusa County’s volunteer tutors and celebrate their students’ accomplishments over the past year.
The U.S. Department of Education has found that nearly 25 percent of California adults lack basic literacy skills—meaning they can’t read a newspaper, a bedtime story to a child or the instructions on a bottle of medicine. In Colusa County, as many as 34% or 5,214 adults lack these basic literacy skills. This has a direct impact on their ability to get a job, help their children with homework, or vote during elections.
To address this issue, the Colusa Library’s Literacy Program offers one-on-one tutoring to adults who want to learn how to read. The program has helped over 1,000 adult students since it began in 1986. These adults have improved their lives by getting better jobs, completing GEDs, becoming U.S. citizens, and completing college degrees.
To mark the 30th anniversary milestone of this volunteer-based program, the state is launching a month-long awareness campaign titled “Together, California Reads” to encourage communities to support the efforts of their local public libraries in raising adult literacy rates statewide.
Inspirational stories about California adult learners and their volunteer tutors, as well as a complete statewide listing of public library events celebrating 30 years of California’s Library Literacy Services, can be found at www.CalReads.org. For social media updates and other announcements regarding California’s adult literacy issues, please follow the CLLS twitter handle @CalReads (#CalReads).
For additional details about the Colusa County Free Library’s 28th Anniversary Celebration or for information on signing up as a tutor or student, please call Rodney Irons at 530-517-2188. ■