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ERIC Number: ED379498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Library Literacy Program. Final Financial Status and Performance Report.
Fischer, Denise R.
Located in Baytown, Texas, Sterling Municipal Library's Adult Literacy Project provided free one-to-one tutoring to all totally and functionally illiterate adults in its service area. All tutoring was performed in the library during regular hours of operation. The project used Literacy Volunteers of America methodology and limited itself to teaching basic reading. Students were not assessed any fees for reading services; the library provided all materials. A special collection of reading materials was established to promote independent reading. Since January 1986, the project has served 400 students, equally mixed among Anglo, Hispanic, and Black populations with a small group of Asian students. To provide support for students, bimonthly newsletters were sent to their homes. A telephone support system was used to check on student needs. Tutors were exclusively volunteers who had undergone a 15-hour training session. Bimonthly inservice training sessions were provided for tutors. A U.S. Department of Education grant was used in the following ways: increasing availability of tutor training sessions; paying printing costs for four issues of the student literacy publication, "Brighter Horizons"; and providing for instructional materials for Families Reading Together, an intergenerational satellite facility in a low-income neighborhood. (Appendixes include the four issues of "Brighter Horizons," a copy of "Folktales" retold by Families Reading Together, and newspaper articles on the project.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Sterling Municipal Library, Baytown, TX.