Westland Literacy

"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.

Become a learner.

Become a tutor.

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:

  • Voting
  • 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

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