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How Libraries Can Save Lives
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on December 20, 2017 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNews
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Libraries serve as vital community hubs and play significant roles in community-based efforts such as health literacy – a sizable proportion of Americans visit the library for health guidance. Unfortunately, many librarians and administrators are unfamiliar with the health resources available to serve patrons. Find out how libraries can become great and helpful sources of information for low-literate learners seeking healthcare information.

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A New Mom with New Literacy Aspirations
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on December 08, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories
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At 17, Amber dropped out of high school frustrated by a curriculum she struggled to understand. Mild learning disabilities left her unable to fully grasp the material, and although she tried to ask for help, Amber’s teachers didn’t have the time or the resources to help her succeed. Over the next few years, she wandered into adulthood with no real goals or sense of purpose.

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Study Finds Television Can Improve Literacy in India


Adults in India are watching Bollywood television programs with same language subtitling (SLS) and are learning to read and improving their language skills. Bollywood is the name given to the Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. Bollywood films are usually musicals featuring song and dance with melodramatic plots.

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From Dropping Out of School to Becoming an Interpreter for Deaf Students
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on November 30, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories
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Jessica Alvarado is enjoying a successful career doing what she loves—interpreting for deaf students in the classroom. Her road to success wasn’t always direct, but the journey always centered on helping others.

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36 Million Reasons Why We Participate in #GIVINGTUESDAY


There are 36 million reasons—one for every adult in the U.S. that cannot read, write, or do math above a third-grade level—to join ProLiteracy this Giving Tuesday. Low literacy is a national crisis that affects each and every one of us in every facet of life, although not everyone realizes this.

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