The theme for this year’s International Literacy Day , “Literacies for the 21st Century,” highlights that we all need access not only to basic literacy skills but also to advanced skills that allow us to engage fully in lifelong learning.
International Literacy Day is observed every year on September 8. The Marshall-Lyon County Library, Marshall Adult Basic Education, and Literacy Volunteers of SWMN invite you to participate in any of several events scheduled throughout the week in celebration of literacy.
“Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the twenty-first century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy.” – Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
What is Literacy?
The definition of literacy has evolved to include much more than reading, writing, or arithmetic skills. While these skills continue to be at the core of literacy, we must also include computer and technology skills, critical thinking abilities, health literacy, and financial literacy.
About International Literacy Day
Since 1967, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.
International Literacy Day focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs and is observed by literacy organizations around the world.
Why is Literacy important?
Here is a great answer from ProLiteracy: “Why Literacy? Why not focus on world health? Or gender equality? Or poverty relief? Our answer at ProLiteracy is simple. To solve all of these socioeconomic problems and more, we must start by building a more literate adult population.”
Here at Literacy Volunteers of SW MN, we believe that literacy changes lives. We witness adults who improve their literacy become empowered life-long learners. We see adults lift themselves up through literacy and get the job they wanted, go to college, become active in the community, and engage with their children’s learning.
There are still 30 million adults in the United States who cannot read or write above a third grade level. Celebrate with us this week to spread awareness about the importance of literacy.
Schedule of Events:
|Sunday, 9/8/13||6:30-7:30 p.m.||Literacy Volunteer orientation||SMSU, Student Center Room 249|
|Monday, 9/8/13 to Saturday 9/12/13||Marshall: M-Th9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.F 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cottonwood: M 2-7 p.m., W, 9-noon, F, 12:30-6 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Balaton: M-W 2-7 p.m., F, 12:30-6 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
|September is Library Card Sign-up month – bring identification that verifies your current address – call 507-537-7003 for information.||Marshall-Lyon County Library (201 C Street)& Cottonwood (86 West Main) & Balaton (134 3rd St.)|
|Monday, 9/9/13||Noon -1 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.||Healthy Searching: Finding Reliable Health Info on the Internet||Marshall-Lyon County Library (201 C Street)Tech Lab|
|Thursday, 9/12/13||4:30-5:30 p.m.||Literacy Volunteer orientation||SMSU, Student Center Room 249|
|Saturday, 9/14/13||10:30-11:30 a.m.||Second Saturday Family Literacy Time for children 3 to 8 with an adult – Reading Around the World/Lectura en todo el Mundo||Marshall-Lyon County Library (201 C Street)Community Room|
|Saturday, 9/14/13||11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.||Community Literacy Fair: Information and resources for Family Literacy, Adult Education, and Lifelong Learning||Marshall-Lyon County Library (201 C Street)Community Room|
|Saturday, 9/14/13||Noon and 1:30 p.m.||Microsoft Excel for Beginners, taught by SMSU Accounting Faculty||Marshall-Lyon County Library (201 C Street)Tech Lab|