Exciting news – we have earned our Bronze Star under the PA Forward Libraries Pilot Program!!!!
Our next step is to start the process of earning 5 silver stars – one for each of the 5 Literacies: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy and Financial Literacy.
This morning we’d like to discuss the first of those literacies:
Why is Basic Literacy important?
Did you know that:
- Only 48% of parents read to their preschoolers daily.
- Eighty-five percent of all juveniles interfacing with the court system are functionally illiterate.
- A child’s library use raises his or her fourth grade assessment scores.
- Thirteen percent of Pennsylvanians lack basic literacy skills such as the ability to read a newspaper or brochure. This percentage of Pennsylvanians who struggle with basic literacy remains unchanged from 1992.
- More than 75% of jobs in Pennsylvania demand education beyond high school. And yet, nearly 120,000 Pennsylvania youth ages 16-24 have dropped out of high school.
- Fifty percent of the nation’s unemployed youth ages 16-21 are functional illiterates with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.
Increasing basic literacy across the state would empower a stronger workforce which would achieve a higher tax base, economy and population.
for more eye opening facts about the importance of Basic Literacy, check out the links at the PA Forward Basic Literacy page: http://www.paforward.org/home/basicliteracy.aspx