The Miami Public Library Adult Literacy Program is a volunteer-based program that provides free literacy instruction to adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills.

MIAMI – The Oklahoma Department of Libraries announced that a $7,880 grant was awarded to the Miami Public Library Adult Literacy Program to support local adult literacy efforts. The check was officially presented to the program by Representative Ben Loring, who commended the literacy program for its efforts in providing basic literacy instruction to local citizens.

According to the Oklahoma State Assessment of Adult Literacy, 12 percent of Oklahomans over the age of 16 read at Below Basic Level, with another 31 percent of adults having only the most Basic reading skills. Individuals at these levels often face significant obstacles when trying to succeed in the workplace, community, and everyday life.

The Miami Public Library Adult Literacy Program is a volunteer-based program that provides free literacy instruction to adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills. Learners work one-to-one with a trained tutor using a variety of teaching methods and materials. Grant funds will be used to support adult literacy in Ottawa County. According to Kristen Bartz, director of the Miami Public Library Adult Literacy Program, “Even though this is a volunteer program, these funds are vital to our ability to offer quality literacy services to this community.”

“State funding appropriated by the Oklahoma Legislature, not only provides literacy grants to programs throughout the state, but provides ongoing technical assistance, training, and resources to support local adult literacy efforts,” said Leslie Gelders, Literacy Resource Office Coordinator.

The Miami Public Library Adult Literacy Program is in need of volunteers. The schedules are flexible and training is provided. For more information about the local literacy program or to find out how to volunteer contact Kristen Bartz at 918-541-2292. For information on statewide literacy efforts visit www.odl.state.ok.us/literacy