Solano County

State librarian to visit Fairfield for International Literacy Day

By From page A5 | August 27, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Library will host a program that features Greg Lucas, the California state librarian, in honor of International Literacy Day on Sept 8.

Lucas will speak about his work with the state library and the campaign to eliminate adult illiteracy in California. Also on hand to share their stories will be a student and a volunteer tutor who are involved in the library’s literacy program.

“The primary focus of the event and indeed, the entire month of September, is to build awareness of the impact of low literacy skills on adults in the community and the effect on the entire family,” said Joanne Wright, the library’s literacy services program manager, in a press release.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Solano County Administration Center, 675 Texas St.

Throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the library’s literacy services will be showcased in an interactive display in the lobby. Adult learners, volunteers and staff will be on hand to talk about the work of the program and to increase awareness of adult literacy issues in the community.

“Currently 141 adults who want to learn to read better are on a waiting list for a tutor,” Wright said in the release. “We know from our volunteers that this is one of the most rewarding ways to give your time. We call it ‘giving the gift of reading.’ ”

September marks the 30th anniversary of California Library Literacy Services, a program of the California State Library. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly a quarter of a million California adults learn to read and write, according to a press release.

For 20 of those years, the Solano County Library has been an exemplary partner in the state adult literacy efforts, the release said.

A video on 30 years of library literacy can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mntUeNhpQJI.

For more information, visit www.solanolibrary.com/1320.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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