Blog 2 – Literacy – Should libraries support, deliver, and participate in literacy initiative ?

In my opinion the importance to support, deliver, and participate in Literacy Initiative at libraries because people need basic literacy skills to survive in society and a library is a perfect place to receive it for it’s a public place and has various ways to achieve individual’s literacy and reading goals. literacy is the ability to identify, understanding, intercept, create, communicate and compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society. ( np. 2011). Libraries can support literacy initiative for parents who cannot afford to literacy support for their children because financially can’t, supports teens  and children with various of books that are fiction and nonfiction, various of formats to receive books – large print, french books, picture books,  audiobooks and e reader, programs to get teens and children involved with books and the community and have book clubs and readings too. Libraries can support adults and the elderly by having classes and courses for technology, business and marketing classes. Most individual get literacy skills from attending elementary and secondary school since it’s mandatory to go to school from 3 to 18. With high literacy skills, people have a higher understanding to social and political interactions, getting a job and using literacy outside of school for workplace  and daily activities such as reading, writing, communicating and reading of a recipe.However, the issue is that some individuals start school late,  financial issues to send individual to school, some school boards may have a different mission on what content individuals should receive and most importantly there been a increase with individuals dropping out of high school or not attending college or university.  Libraries can contribute for everyone because a library is public and full with content of different reading levels for everyone. Reading levels or reading achievements are divided into 5 proficiency levels corresponding to increasing difficulty, with level one indicating the lowest level of proficiency and level five being the highest ( Shipley, 2011).  Libraries can offer programs for everyone, for example have read along with children and activities to follow, with teens  since its a bit of a struggle to get them to read is to have book club to discuss a book recommendation of the month, have movie nights,  a place for them to study, and programs that will assist them with using resource tools to find information, research and APA and MLA accurate cites. For Adults and the Elderly have classes and programs to assist them with new technology, phone use, book clubs, art classes and knitting classes that they can enjoy and  relearned.  My concern is that libraries should be getting more teens to read and gain higher literacy skills because in a study done by Statistic Canada, the level of attainment of all genders going to high school is 35.4 % and then decrease by 15 % for those going to attend college and university which is 25.5 %.  ( Shipley, 2011) Where are they not going to school ? How are they improving their literacy skills if they are not attending to college or university to get more education and a quality job. I feel this is because elementary and secondary are mandatory than going to college or university. With libraries supporting, delivering and participating in literacy initiatives I believe that libraries can increase the reading levels for teens to give them increase of surviving in society today.

Work citation

Canadian Literacy and Learning Network. (2011).  All About Literacy in Canada.  Retrieved October 7 2015 from

Shipley, L. (Ed.). (2011, August 23). Life-path Outcomes at Age 25 Associated with Reading Ability at Age 15. Retrieved October 9, 2015, from


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