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Library for literacy

Lindsay Hoffmann
El Jebel

I think many of us have forgotten what a library is really all about. It is not about money, about politics or square feet; it is about literacy: “The condition or quality of being literate, especially the ability to read and write,” (from http://www.dictionary.com).

The library is one of the few communal places in the Basalt/El Jebel community where literacy is valued. Not only is the appreciation for literacy valued by the hard work of staff members and library board members who make thousands of books and references available to community members, but it is also shown through The Adult Literacy Program.

This nonprofit organization is a program of the Basalt Regional Library that matches tutors with students who want to improve or learn English. This is a free service to the community, and in just this year, the program has helped 50 students from 15 different countries work on improving their English or learning the language for the first time; perhaps more importantly, it has helped form a bridge between a diverse array of cultures.

Voting yes on library initiatives 4B and 4C on Tuesday, Nov. 4, will ensure that people from all walks of our community will have access to a more literate future.


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