"Our mission is to help adults in our community who struggle with reading and writing by pairing them with volunteer tutors."
Adult Literacy at the Westland Library
This is a new program at the library. In June of 2011 our first class of tutors went through a 15 hour tutor training. We will be holding our fifth tutor training in spring of 2015.
Why Adult Literacy?
- There are 30 million adults who can’t read well enough to understand a newspaper article at the 8th grade level or fill out a job application in this country.
- Only a small fraction of those adult’s ever seek help Among those who do, 100,000 are currently on waitlists to get paired with a tutor.
- 50% of children born to illiterate parents grow up to be illiterate adults.
- Literacy skills are a stronger predictor of an individual’s health status than age, income, employment status, education level and racial or ethnic group.
- Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. — 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.
- Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
What literacy skills are crucial for:
- Using computers and sending email
- Reading maps
- Understanding Health information/reading labels on medication
- Applying for jobs
- Read newspaper/Understanding world events
- Helping children with school work and writing notes to teachers
- Using a bank, saving money and writing checks
- Preparing nutritious meals
- Green Corner
- Adult Reading Help