Member Spotlight: Making Everyone Feel at Home
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on December 22, 2017 in categoryStories from the Field

For immigrants, living in a country where you cannot fully understand or speak the native language can be quite an isolating and lonely experience. Here is what one adult literacy program is doing to help everyone feel at home.

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How Libraries Can Save Lives
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on December 20, 2017 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNews

Libraries serve as vital community hubs and play significant roles in community-based efforts such as health literacy – a sizable proportion of Americans visit the library for health guidance. Unfortunately, many librarians and administrators are unfamiliar with the health resources available to serve patrons. Find out how libraries can become great and helpful sources of information for low-literate learners seeking healthcare information.

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A Romance Author's Gift of Reading
Posted by Jillian Neal on December 14, 2017 in categoryStories from the Field

Romance writer Jillian Neal holds adult literacy near and dear to her heart. Here is her story.

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Small Program, Big Data: Harnessing the Power of Open Data to Support Your Program
Posted by Jamison Crawford on December 13, 2017 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryMember Tips

A small team of scientists has created Open Data Inception, a comprehensive list of over 2,600 Open Data portals and clearinghouses. Chances are, wherever your program is located, there are data through these portals that you can access for needs assessment, baseline community indicators, and grant writing.

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A New Mom with New Literacy Aspirations
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on December 08, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories

At 17, Amber dropped out of high school frustrated by a curriculum she struggled to understand. Mild learning disabilities left her unable to fully grasp the material, and although she tried to ask for help, Amber’s teachers didn’t have the time or the resources to help her succeed. Over the next few years, she wandered into adulthood with no real goals or sense of purpose.

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