Reading Works, a local nonprofit adult literacy program, has been honored by the Library of Congress for best practices in literacy. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala on September 1.
“Literacy is the first line of defense against so many problems—unemployment, hunger, poor health—and gives people a foundation for a brighter future,” Hayden said.
Reading Works provides free literacy and English language acquisition tutoring to
adults. Community volunteers are trained as tutors and two employees implement the
program. Reading Works was chosen for its innovation in client outreach and its unique curriculum that focuses on core skills readers and speakers of English need to know to master reading and speaking English.
109,388 adults in Albuquerque either do not have a high school diploma or do not know enough English to succeed economically.
Begun in 2013, the Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. The awards recognize groups doing
exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need for the global
community to unite in striving for universal literacy.
Fifteen programs from the United States, Canada, Vietnam, Australia, and Indonesia
were named Honorees.
“It is a true rarity for a community-based nonprofit from Albuquerque to receive this type of meritorious acknowledgment. There is an immeasurable amount of pride in being recognized by the Library of Congress for doing something you love, and knowing the impact will be felt by many generations to come,” said Esodie Geiger, Reading Works’ Programming & Outreach Coordinator.
Reading Works asks the community to support adult literacy by volunteering or making a donation. Donations can be mailed to Reading Works, 8005 Pennsylvania Circle NE, Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or made on its website: http://www.reading-works.org.