September is National Literacy Awareness Month

National Literacy Awareness Month Logo This September, the Houston Center for Literacy and Harris County Public Library want you to recognize the importance of literacy in your life, and to encourage you to share the gift of literacy by helping someone in your own community learn to read.

Take just a moment to think about how your ability to read has broadened your own world. Think of all the books that have entertained you, educated you, and changed your life for the better. Now, think about everything you’ve read today: the email, the street signs, the instructions for that new gadget, the expiration date on a can of tuna. Now think about how much harder your life would be if you could not read.

Finally, think about this: 1 out of 5 of your neighbors is functionally illiterate. That means that more than 400,000 of us who call Houston home cannot fill out a job application, read a bank statement or help their children with homework. 400,000 people.

Organizations like Houston Center for Literacy, Harris County Public Library and many others work hard to give everyone who wants them, the life-changing opportunities that the ability to read provides. But the fact is the demand is too great. National Literacy Awareness Month was established to remind you that your help is desperately needed. To learn how you can start paying your education forward, visit Houston Center for Literacy and its National Literacy Awareness Month page.

Harris County Public Library remains committed to providing free Adult Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language classes and one-on-one tutoring. We are always looking for committed volunteer tutors. This month we will host four tutor training classes. Please join us.

Kingwood Branch Library
Tutor Training: ESL
Thursday, September, 12, 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
4400 Bens View Lane
Kingwood, TX 77339
(Click to register)

Aldine Branch Library
Tutor Training: Adult Basic Literacy
Saturday, September 14   9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
11331 Airline Drive
Houston TX 77037

Parker Williams Branch Library
Tutor Training: ESL
Thursday, September 19, 2013   10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
10851 Scarsdale Blvd., Suite 510,
Houston TX 77089

Barbara Bush Branch Library
Tutor Training: ESL
6817 Cypresswood, Spring 77379
Saturday, September 28, 2013   9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
(Click to register)

To register for one of the training session, or for more information, call the library at the numbers listed above, or contact the HCPL Literacy Coordinator at 713-749-9035.