Literacy for All: Adult Literacy @ your library - Know your Library
Know your Library
First, you need to consider and answer some important questions about your library, your literacy services, your fiscal and human resources, and your community.
- Preschool story hours
- Afterschool homework help
- Teen reading activities
- Summer reading programs
- Adult book clubs
- Computer classes
- Does your library have high quality/low level reading materials for adult learners?
- Do you have textbooks and workbooks for adults enrolled in local literacy programs?
- Do you have manuals and materials for literacy teachers and tutors?
- Are these resources available in print and digital formats?
- Does your library serve as a literacy tutoring site?
- Friends of the Library
- Loyal patrons
- Public access computers
- Educational software for adult literacy learners
- Computer classes from basic to advanced
- Frontline staff who can answer technology questions, guide online searches, and assist adult learners unfamiliar with technology
With all the information above compiled, gather your in-house literacy team to:
- Discuss the qualities and components that make your current literacy programs successful
- Identify who you’re reaching and serving and who you’re missing
- Brainstorm ways to build on your successes, engage your advocates, leverage your resources, and serve adult learners.