ERIC Number: ED352524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
LSCA Library Literacy Grant. Final Report.
Kountze Public Library, TX.
The Kountze Public Library in Texas conducted a program using cross-age tutoring as a strategy to strengthen family reading skills, to develop a collection of educational literacy materials in the library, and to disseminate results to the public. During the 1-year program, 29 volunteers participated, with 14 trained as tutors. Tutors worked 64 hours, and community members assisting with site and material preparation worked 190 hours. The youngest volunteer was 7 and the oldest 87. Twenty-three adults were tested for the program, with 14 following through and participating in 950 hours of instruction; 3 obtained their high school equivalency certification. Fifteen persons obtained library cards, and one found employment as a result of the programs. Reading gains were achieved through the program, as shown through pre- and posttest results of administration of the Spache Diagnostic Reading Scales. All of the adults who finished the classes expressed a desire to continue the program. Transportation, child care, and longer hours of instruction were cited as future programming needs. As a result of the program, many adult literacy materials were added to the library. (Three brief papers by Mary C. Johnston are included in the report: "Tutoring in History,""Illiteracy and the Challenge," and "Three Types of Illiteracy Handicapping Americans.") (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kountze Public Library, TX.