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Literacy Outreach serves functionally illiterate adults throughout Garfield County. Our clients possess literacy skills below the 4th grade level. For example, a functionally illiterate adult is unable to fill out an employment application, follow written instructions, or read a newspaper. In Garfield County, basic literacy services are needed for two populations: adults with limited or no English proficiency and adults lacking basic reading, math or writing skills in any language.
Literacy Outreach has received approval for accreditation from ProLiteracy, a nonprofit educational organization that supports local literacy programs. Literacy Outreach was awarded accreditation by meeting the highest national standards put forth to volunteer literacy programs.
This program is designed to offer new English-speaking residents a place to feel safe using their new language and to offer them a place to be a community among friends. It is very important to note that these groups are not intended to usurp any English as a Second Language classes (ESL) in the area: in fact, they are designed to work in tandem by offering a place and a chance for ESL students to practice what they are learning. Classes run continuously. The times run from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, with the less fluent classes having the least time.
Can you identify this quote?
"No more rhymes now, I mean it."
"Anybody want a peanut?"
The Garfield County Public Library was established in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration project at New Castle, Colorado. When WPA was discontinued the Garfield County Commissioners agreed to take over sponsorship and finance it from the county's general fund.
A library board of four members was appointed and served for several years. It was succeeded by a new board of six members, chosen with the approval of the commissioners from three areas of the county. Their tenure was staggered. The county superintendent of schools was an ex-officio member. Mrs. Harriett Stewart was the first librarian and was very efficient in organizing the library.
The Garfield County Public Library District is governed by a board of seven trustees appointed by the Board of County Commissioners of Garfield County. Efforts are made to have at least one trustee from each of the communities served by a Garfield County Branch Library.
Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. Meeting location changes monthly; check our board meeting schedule to see where the next meeting will be held. Regular board meetings begin at 6:00 pm and are free and open to the public.