Friday, November 6, 2009

Libraries and Literacy

Libraries & Literacy
It’s Time to THRIVE!

Teaching and support = basic literacy skills
Heritage: past, present, and future = cultural literacy
Responsible and informed citizens = civic literacy
Investing in personal prosperity = business and financial literacy
Vital information for a healthy and productive life = life skills literacy
Educating the public for 21st century literacy

Libraries & Literacy go hand-in-hand.  Friends of the Library groups around the country are banding together to help our libraries THRIVE. Libraries provide a unique role in lifelong literacy and learning. They teach and support basic literacy skills; promote our heritage through cultural literacy; help create responsible and informed citizens through civic literacy; invest in personal prosperity with business & financial literacy, provide information for a healthy and productive life through life skill literacy and plan for the future by providing access, information and resources on the technology highway. 

At the Roxbury Library, new parents can join the Books for Babies program for tips on laying the foundation for lifelong learning.  The literacy & learning link continues as a child grows; with Read Across America, sing along with Miss Candy, summer reading programs, children’s homework help, and the teen online book club.  For adults, the library provides an array of evening programs from cultural to musical, adult summer reading club, and classes to hone computer skills.  Life skills literacy are available through a wide range of health and “how to” materials and employment/ career resources.  Seniors can avail themselves of tax help, enjoy a movie with the Senior Film program or join in the weekly mar jongg tournament.  The library will continue being an indispensable resource for the future providing internet access, subscriptions to online databases, computer training, CD-ROMs and educational software

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