Introducing LB Reads

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Long Beach Public Library is excited to launch LB Reads on Saturday, June 15th at the annual Summer Reading Program kickoff at Bach Neighborhood Library.

LB Reads is a free, one-on-one literacy tutoring program designed to help English speaking adults improve their reading and writing skills so they can reach their potential as workers, parents, community members, and life-long learners. 

The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 33.5 percent of the population 16 years and over in Los Angeles County lacked basic prose literacy skills. This was up from 20.4 percent in 1992. The annual America's Most Literate Cities study of Central Connecticut State University has ranked 88 U.S. cities for literacy since 2003. Their 2014 ranking placed Long Beach overall in 67th place. LB Reads seeks to improve these numbers by pairing tutors and learners in a trusted learning environment.

Literacy has always been a core goal of the library, and LB Reads is our way of reaching the underserved population of adults who cannot read or write proficiently.

Patrons interested in joining the program, either as a tutor or a learner, can contact the Long Beach Public Library at lbreads@lbpl.org or by calling (562) 570-6579.  

LB Reads is made possible by the California State Library through the California Library Literacy Services grant.