The Oklahoma Department of Libraries announced that a $ 7,254 grant was awarded to Cleveland County Literacy, a program of the Pioneer Library System, to support local adult literacy efforts. The check was officially presented to the program by Senator Jonathan Nichols, District 15, who commended the literacy program for its efforts in providing basic literacy instruction to local citizens.
According to the 2003 Oklahoma State Assessment of Adult Literacy, 12 percent of Oklahomans over the age of 16 read at Below Basic Level, with another 31 percent of adults having only the most Basic reading skills. Individuals at these levels often face significant obstacles when trying to succeed in the workplace, community, and everyday life.
The Cleveland County Literacy Program is a volunteer-based program that provides free literacy instruction to adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills. Learners work one-to-one with a trained tutor using a variety of teaching methods and materials. Funds will be used to support adult literacy in Cleveland County.
“Even though this is a volunteer program, these funds are vital to our ability to offer quality literacy services to this community” says Jane Douglass, literacy program coordinator for the Pioneer Library System.
Grant funds were awarded by the Literacy Resource Office, a division of the Office of Library Development. State funding appropriated by the Oklahoma Legislature, not only provides literacy grants to programs throughout the state, but provides ongoing technical assistance, training, and resources to support local adult literacy efforts.
For more information about the local literacy program, or to find out how to volunteer, contact the Cleveland County Literacy Program at 701-2682 or online at www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/literacyinfo. For information on statewide literacy efforts visit www.odl.state.ok.us/literacy.