Literacy for All: Adult Literacy @ your library - Successful and Replicable Library Literacy Programs

Successful and Replicable Library Literacy Programs

Across the country, in large and small communities, libraries are providing effective and replicable services and programs for adult learners. The specifics of how these programs are developed, implemented, staffed, and administered depends a great deal on the library’s mission, goals, capacity, and the community’s literacy resources. 
 
The following examples illustrate library literacy in action. Their programs, services, and collective wisdom offer service models worthy of consideration and adaptation.  
 
Adult Learner Program
Queens (N.Y.) Library
The mission of Queens Library’s Adult Learner Program is to provide quality services, resources, and lifelong learning opportunities through books and a variety of other formats to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse Adult Education population. 
 
Detroit Reads
Detroit Public Library
The Detroit Public Library (DPL) recognizes that the ability to read is fundamental to the quality of life in the City of Detroit.  Through Detroit Reads the library, literacy service providers, local business leaders, government and community partners, and the media collaborate to make Detroit a city where ‘all Detroiters can read.’
 
Literacy Link
Midwest City (Okla.) Library 
Literacy Link teaches reading and writing skills to functionally illiterate adults, ages 18 and over, including free, one-on-one tutoring. 
 
Onondaga County (N.Y.) Public Library
In Syracuse, the library works closely with the abundance of literacy service providers in the community.  
 
Project Read
San Francisco (Calif.) Public Library
Project Read helps English-speaking adults improve their basic reading and writing skills so they may access greater opportunities in their lives.  
 
Project Read
Decatur (Ill.) Public Library/Richland Community College
Project Read is a public library/community college partnership serving adults with less than a 9th grade education with one-on-one tutoring in literacy and math at the library. 
 
The Literacy Program of Greater Plymouth 
Plymouth (Mass.) Public Library
The Plymouth Public Library, in collaboration with  Literacy Program of Greater Plymouth and with the support of a broad coalition of local businesses and government institutions, serves adults in the greater Plymouth area with free GED classes and English as a second language (ESL) tutoring at the library. 
 
Read/Write/Now
Springfield (Mass.) Public Library
Assists adults living in the greater Springfield area to achieve their basic education goals through free adult basic education programs  that promote self-directed learning and  value the knowledge that adults bring to learning. http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/rwn/index.html
 
Rogers County Literacy Council  
Will Rogers (Okla.) Library 
The Will Rogers Library collaborates with the Rogers County Literacy Council to provide adult literacy services in Claremore, Oklahoma.  The Council is a member of the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition and ProLiteracy and is a Rogers County United Way agency.