ERIC Number: ED415881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Harlan County Public Library, Final Performance Report for Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) Title VI, Library Literacy Program.
Warren, Carol E.
The Harlan County Public Library Literacy Project (Kentucky) provided rural-oriented, basic literacy, and oral history programs to a community of 100,000-200,000. The goal of the project was to produce six booklets about local people and issues, to be used as literacy materials in programs with Appalachian students. Students wanted to produce stories about people's experiences of living in Appalachia, stories that value their culture and help to preserve it. The first booklet, "Hard Times Happy Times," is a collection of stories written by a Harlan County literacy student. While only a few students were comfortable writing such stories, many students were willing to tell the stories. As a result, the rest of the booklets were developed through taped interviews with students and local residents from Harlan and Letcher Counties, and members of the Virginia Black Lung Association. The booklets were sent to 28 libraries in the Eastern Kentucky area, and shared with county literacy personnel, Kentucky Literacy Commissions, and members of the Community Based Literacy coalition sponsored by the University of Tennessee. Attachments include a list of libraries/literacy programs and people receiving program booklets, student evaluations, and the literacy booklets: "Hard Times Happy Times" (Dorothy Maggard); "Digging for Justice" (Virginia Black Lung Association); "Those Were the Days" (Jesse Renfro); "Mountain Memories" (Ralph Collier); "In Honor of the Old Folks" (Hiram Day and Mae Hensley); and "The Times of My Life" (O. T. Henderson). (SWC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Cultural Activities, Culturally Relevant Education, Federal Programs, Grants, Library Role, Library Services, Literacy Education, Local History, Oral History, Public Libraries, Rural Areas, Rural Environment, Rural Population
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Library Programs.
Authoring Institution: Harlan County Public Library, Cumberland, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Library Services and Construction Act