Literacy Alliance

WRBL Book Drive March 2018

This past March, WRBL held its book drive to benefit Literacy Alliance and Muscogee County Friends of the Library. This is an important time for us to not only bring in new books, but volunteers as well. We can’t do our great work without your help. Special thanks to WRBL, Bob Jeswald, and Dave Hart for their tremendous support!

Watch: Literacy Campaign 2018-Strengthening our community through reading daily

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Another Great Trivia Bee!

Trivia Bee 2018 was a blast, and it was all thanks to you! We deeply appreciate everyone who came to participate, show support, and sponsor a team. We’re able to keep doing our great work all because of our volunteers and donors.

Photos from this year’s event are now up on the gallery here. Go check them out!

Again, we thank you all.

Illiteracy affects our neighbors in different ways

Economic security, access to health care, the ability to support the students and their families and the ability to actively participate in civic life all depends on an individual’s ability to read.

Economic

  • 85% of all juveniles who are arrested are functionally illiterate.
  • Businesses and taxpayers lose approximately $20 billion a year due to limited literacy skills in lost wages, profits, and productivity.
  • 40% of prison and jail inmates lack a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • In regard to reentry  needs, 94% of prisoners name “more education” as their #1 need.

www.governing.com

Health

  • Low health literacy is linked to higher rates of disease and mortality.
  • It is linked to as many as 100,000 deaths per year.
  • Literacy impacts health knowledge, health status, and access to preventative health services.

Education

  • 85% of children whose parents do not have a high school degree live in poverty.
  • Over 1.2 million people over the age of 18, 18% of Georgia’s adult population, have less than a high school education.
  • In the U.S., high school dropouts commit 75% of crimes. (www.dosomething.org)
  • In 36 Georgia counties, 30% of the adult population does not have a high school education or its equivalent.
  • Most undereducated parents lack the skills and confidence to support children’s at-home educational needs.
  • Without basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills, Americans are struggling to find jobs, stay healthy, and support their families.

www.proliteracy.org

 

Trivia Bee 2018 Registration is Open

You can now register for our 2018 Trivia Bee event, held this year on February 27th! Join us for a fun night of trivia and costumes as we celebrate our successes and allow the community to learn more about our purpose and programs.

You can learn all about it on our Trivia Bee page here, or you can click here to go straight to our online store for registration. You can purchase a ticket for yourself to attend, or donate to sponsor a team. Tickets are $15.

We hope to see you there!

Trivia Bee 2018 Announcement

Mark your calendars! The 2018 Trivia Bee will be held on February 27th, 2018. More details coming soon.