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August 29, 2006 > Write to Read literacy improvement program

Write to Read literacy improvement program

by Olga L Stockman

Alameda County Library's free "Write to Read" classes will run September through December. Residents of the greater Tri-City area are invited to apply for this program designed to expand existing adult literacy skills. The program brochure states, "What all students have in common is an interest in using language and literacy more comfortably in their community." All branch libraries will participate.

This nonprofit program started in 1984 when it was realized that there were many needs for improvements in reading and writing within communities as well as the workforce. Although many students are bilingual, single language applicants are encouraged. You will be a part of a group of adults, all with basic English skills, seeking to improve their literacy through reading, writing and discussion exercises with an emphasis on group participation. Greater literacy usually leads to more self-confidence and expanded opportunities for advancement at work.

Write to Read classes are held on weekdays and in the evenings on a monthly basis. They usually last about two hours. All interested persons have to go through a telephone screening first to see if they are eligible for the program. For more information, please call (510) 745-1493.

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