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Friday September 6th, 2013

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International Literacy Day takes place every year on September 8th.

For over 40 years, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.

Windsor Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program consists of community-based services supporting adults (18 years of age and older) who want to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.

“Literacy is crucial to an individual’s success both in their working lives and personal lives,” says Rachel Blok, Adult Literacy Assessor at Windsor Public Library. “Literacy is more than the measure of a basic ability to read, it’s a measure of how well people use the written word to navigate their way in the world.”

Says Blok, “In Windsor alone, there are 30,000 people whose reading skills are too limited to allow them to deal with the majority of written material encountered in everyday life. Simple abilities that many take for granted, such as reading a prescription or filling out an application for employment, are difficult for people with literacy issues. Adults who cannot read or write face severe challenges in finding work, managing their health, raising children, and coping with simple, everyday tasks such as shopping and paying bills.”

The library offers free, one-on-one tutoring at library branches convenient to both tutor and learner. Free classes for learners focused on employment goals are offered at Central Library, adult literacy upgrading for the deaf as well as free weekly classes in which reading, writing, numeracy and self-management skills are taught to adults with developmental challenges.

For more information about Windsor Public Library’s adult literacy services, please contact Rachel Blok, Adult Literacy Assessor, at [email protected] or by phone at 519-255-6770, ext. 4460.

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