In the fall of 2010 the Reading Advantage program, one of the Calgary Public Library’s core literacy programs, celebrated ten years of helping adult literacy learners improve their reading and writing.
Using a student centered learning approach, Reading Advantage volunteers work one on one with adult learners to achieve an assortment of goals pertaining to reading and writing – getting a driver’s license, pursuing post-secondary education, improving employability and reading to a child. In addition to the measurable improvements to a Reading Advantage learner’s reading and writing abilities, the relationship and rapport that develops between volunteers and learners is truly immeasurable.
With the help of a Library volunteer, Maryon, has been working on improving her writing skills and is taking a writing class. For her class she has written an essay titled “A Public Library Card” where she talks about the Reading Advantage program at the library, and what it can do for adults looking to improve their reading and writing skills:
If you are interested in helping a learner like Maryon improve his or her literacy skills or know of an adult literacy learner who could benefit from the program, please contact the Reading Advantage program by telephone 403-260-2729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about this program click here.