L.A. Addresses Low Literacy in a Multicultural County

search-engines-web.com sends a "link to this Los Angeles Times article which talks about how half the working age residents of Los Angeles struggle with basic reading and writing

Some two million residents are unable to read a map, which puts them at the lowest end of the literacy scale. Another 1.5 million are unable to write a letter to complain to their local utility about a billing error.

Sometimes LISNews contributor Michael McGrorty responded with a letter to the editor (registration required) giving props to libraries.Libraries Offer Illiteracy Programs

September 13, 2004

Re "Study Finds Rampant Illiteracy in L.A. County," Sept. 9: The County of Los Angeles Public Library and the library of the city of Los Angeles both offer free programs designed to teach adults and families to read. These programs are easily accessed, user-friendly and offer individual instruction in English or Spanish. Many other local public library systems have similar programs available.

The public libraries of California have always worked hard to promote literacy, even now when their funding is diminished and the burden is largely taken up by volunteers. The public library is a priceless asset in the fight against illiteracy and is the natural site for such efforts.

Michael McGrorty

Editor, California Libraries
Altadena

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