Honoring the Past While Looking to the Future
Dr. Bob witnessed how the power of learning to read and write could change the lives of adults and their communities. When he saw the lack of reading materials for new readers, he took steps to develop easy-to-read literacy resources for them to use. He left behind a powerful legacy that includes News for You®, the weekly newspaper for adults learning to read, and of New Readers Press, ProLiteracy’s publishing division. His signature training materials, supplemental reading, and the writing curricula continue to be mainstays for literacy organizations across the country and throughout the world.
To honor Dr. Bob’s work, ProLiteracy is establishing the Dr. Robert S. Laubach Publishing & Innovation Fund. This non-endowed, project-based fund will support the development of innovative materials for adults learning to read, much like Dr. Bob did over 50 years ago when he created News for You®.
“New Readers Press, our dad’s other baby, was started in a spare room in our house. All his life, Dad was invigorated by the idea of reaching as many new adult readers as possible with writing that would interest them and open the world to them. He had a gift for
understanding, and for showing others, that big, important ideas can be plainly and simply written. ”
—Charles, Laura, Ann, and Emily Laubach, Dr. Bob's children