National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

September 11, 2010

Passing by a vote of 369-0 last July, the designation of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week beginning September 13th, 2010 was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives with Resolution 1472.

“Resolved, That the House of Representatives

(1) supports the designation of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, including raising public awareness about the importance of adult education and family literacy;

(2) encourages people across the United States to support programs to assist those in need of adult education and family literacy programs; and

(3) requests that the President issue a proclamation recognizing the importance of adult education and family literacy programs, calling upon the Federal Government, States, localities, schools, libraries, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, consumer advocates, institutions of higher education, labor unions, and businesses to support increased access to adult education and family literacy programs to ensure a literate society.”

In the Whereas’ text of the Resolution, no fewer than 18 reasons are given for why “the literacy of its citizens is essential for the economic well-being of the United States, our society, and the individuals who can benefit from full participation therein”.

The vote was unanimous; adult education and family literacy are essential says Congress. One step parents can take in promoting early reading skills for their children is to participate in Library story times. Registration for autumn story times at the Essex Library will take place on Monday, September 27th at 10 a.m. For more information, click here.

If your kids are too old for story hours, they’re never too old for a trip to the Library to select  books or audiobooks that can open new worlds of learning and enjoyment for them. The Library is open 6 days-a -week. Make the time to come in and take advantage of all the free access to books and materials and programs we have…Congress says it’s essential.

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