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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: https://www.literacysandiego.org/
San Diego Public Library
Start off the new year right by signing up for the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge and diving into a good book! Celebrate diversity and harness the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book with this year's theme, Books Like Us. San Diego residents of all ages are encouraged to take the challenge by reading 5 books or for 5 hours to receive free passes to the Museum of Us, free food from Subway, and a coloring puzzle for children or a doodle journal for teens and adults. 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