Illiteracy Lives On

32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. That’s 14 percent of the total population.

21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level

19 percent of high school graduates can’t read.

Why is this important?

85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.

Over 70 percent of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.

Visit the American Library Association to learn more about what libraries are doing – and what you can do – to promote literacy. Your contribution can be as simple as reading stories to young relatives, volunteering to read at your local school or donating your unwanted books to libraries and organizations such as Housing Works.

Check out the complete article here.

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