Project Literacy

Literacy San Diego
Almost a quarter of the entire population in San Diego struggles with literacy skills. The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) reports that 23% of San Diego County adult residents, ages 16-74, read below a basic level. People reading at “Level 1” have the equivalent literacy levels of a reader age 5-7. Adults reading below Level 1 may not be able to write short messages to family or read a road sign. Those with poor literacy skills are more than twice as likely to be unemployed, tend to report poorer health, and have lower civic engagement (voting, accessing and understanding technical documents). Many adults reading at Level 1…are parents. Getting books into the home for children at an early age is one way to boost literacy skills for this at-risk population. Here's how to help:

San Diego Public Library
Start off the new year right by signing up for the 2022 Winter Reading Challenge! Read for a Better World encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. San Diego residents of all ages are encouraged to take the challenge by reading a combination of 5 books, 5 hours, or 5 Read for a Better World activities to receive free passes to the Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego, and San Diego Public Library prizes. REGISTER HERE

America's Battle of the Books
America's Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in 3rd thru 12th grades. Students read books and come together, usually in groups, to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The student competitions are usually similar to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competitions. However, the structure, format, and rules of the competitions may vary depending on the educational goals, student needs, local resources, and personal preferences at various school sites, school districts, county libraries, or offices of education. LEARN MORE