Impactful Community-Based Literacy Projects

Impactful Community-Based Literacy Projects

by Lesley S. J. Farmer


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Inspired by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program and its applicants, which have showcased and disseminated innovative literacy initiatives across the country and around the world since 2013, this book provides evidence-based practice guidelines for librarians and educators. To optimize results, the projects in this book blend early literacy benefits, fundamental reading skills, and other foundational concepts with culture- or community-specific sensitivity and leveraging. They're adaptable based on age, audience, size, resources, and budget; and most importantly, they address social inequities and foster cross-culture interactions. Inside, readers will find

  • detailed profiles of dozens of successful literacy projects, which include such activities as oral storytelling, the Parent-Child Home Program, a repository of multilingual children’s stories, accessible web readers, personal tutors, and many more;
  • an overview of universal steps to literacy, explaining how people learn, generic reading skill development, human developmental issues, and habits of literacy;
  • research-based factors for impactful literacy projects;
  • discussion of the importance and role of literacy partners such as families, schools and universities, libraries, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit entities;
  • advice on project planning, including needs assessment, goals and objectives, literacy review, target audience, project personnel, resources, setting and timing, communication, support, implementation, communication, and continuous assessment and improvement; and
  • guidance on building capacity, empowering the community, and sustaining a culture of literacy.

Complete with links to additional resources and support materials, this resource details the steps needed to create effective and sustainable projects in your own community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780838948033
Publisher: American Library Association
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Lesley S. J. Farmer, professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), coordinates the Teacher Librarian Program and manages the CSU ICT Literary Project. She earned her MS in library science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in adult education from Temple University. Farmer has worked as a librarian in K–12 school settings as well as in public, special, and academic libraries. She chaired the Special Libraries Association's Education Divisions and IFLA’ School Library Section, and had leadership roles in several other library associations. Farmer is a Fulbright scholar and has received national and international grans. She has also been honored with several professional association awards, including the ALA Haycock Leadership Award. Farmer’s research interests include media literacies and data analytics. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Farmer has published three dozen professional books and more than two hundred professional book chapters and articles.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Literacy Is Life by Dr. Lois Bridges

Chapter 1 Steps to Literacy
Chapter 2 Literacy Projects
Chapter 3 Literacy Partners
Chapter 4 Literacy Issues
Chapter 5 Applied Literacies
Chapter 6 Planning Literacy Projects

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