Along with the traditional youth summer reading programs at the Long Beach Public Library, a new adult literacy program will be offered.

Called LB Reads, the new program provides tutoring to English-speaking adults to improve their reading and writing skills. It will be introduced Saturday, June 15, as part of the Summer Reading Program kickoff at the Bach Neighborhood Library, 4055 N. Bellflower Blvd.

Adult illiteracy is rising, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. A recent report says 33.5 percent of those 16 and older in Los Angeles County lacked basic literacy skills. That number was 20.4 percent in 1992.

"LB Reads is unique in that all learners identify a goal they want to accomplish — and that goal can be anything, such as being able to complete a job application or read books to their children,” Glenda Williams, director of Library Services, said in a statement. “LB Reads will provide a welcoming and safe place for adults to develop their literacy skills."

Tutoring will be available at five branch libraries — Mark Twain (1401 E. Anaheim St.), Michelle Obama (5870 Atlantic Ave.), Burnett (560 E. Hill St.), Harte (1595 W. Willow St.), and Ruth Bach. When the new Main Library opens in September, tutoring will be available there as well.

Anyone interested in the program, either as a student or a tutor, can call 562-570-6579 or email lbreads@lbpl.0rg

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

Load comments