LAMPASAS — An adult literacy program is one step closer to becoming a reality for the Lampasas Public Library and the Lampasas Higher Education Center.
The education center last week announced that a $1,000 grant from H-E-B’s Department of Public Affairs will give both groups the push they need to continue working on developing a free adult reading program.
“The money is for materials and supplies,” said Amy McDaniel, chief operating officer for the education center. “We will probably use it for books and things of that nature, and the money should go pretty far.”
The joint-effort program for the organizations has been in the works for a while, McDaniel said.
What the two organizations will focus on now is deciding how to train volunteers, who will work with illiterate adults on a one-on-one basis, said Shanda Subia, public library director.
Planning for the program isn’t complete, but Subia and McDaniel said teaching literacy one-on-one seems like the logical choice.
Adults who don’t read well may be at different levels, and having a personal teacher lets them work specifically on any problems a particular person may have, McDaniel said.
People who don’t read also are sometimes ashamed and may not seek out help, Subia said. Having a personal coach will hopefully cut down an any embarrassment.
Requests for program
Both entities started the process of implementing a program as residents in the community began asking for the service.
A local church started running its own literacy program and approached the library seeking help, Subia said. But since that time, several other adults also requested the service from the library.
A study preformed by the Texas Center of Advancement of Literacy & Learning estimated that 12 percent, about 2,400, of Lampasas County adults cannot read a newspaper, stated a news release from the education center.
“It does seem shocking,” McDaniel said about the number. “It is hard to know who these people are, and hard to know what the reason is ... but it seems like something we can address. If people want to learn to read, we can help with that.”
Subia said people who can’t read often have problems doing simple tasks such as applying for a job or taking a driver’s license test. By implementing a literacy program, the entities will be helping those people obtain a better standard of living.
“We are all about improving the quality of life, and this is one way to do that,” she said.