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PCCLD Adult Literacy

Listing Last Update: January 16, 2018


100 E. Abriendo Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81004

Primary Contact

Jackie Swanson

(719) 553-0206 Ext:206

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To find a family literacy program
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

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Program Overview

Our Adult Literacy program consists of adult learners and volunteer-tutors.

Currently, there is one on one tutoring for reading, writing, and math, test preparation, and English language tutoring. It is open to ages 16-100.

Mission Statement

We serve as a foundation for our community by offering welcoming, well equipped and maintained facilities,outstanding collections, and well-trained employees who provide expert service encouraging the joy of reading, supporting lifelong learning and presenting access to information from around the world. VISION Books and Beyond

Adult Literacy programs are crucial to
libraries today. Only 1/3 of the
libraries in the U.S. have Adult Literacy programs. Pueblo City County Library District has had a
program for four years and until recently it was somewhat stagnant with only
six learners.

To build a community of
learners, one must have the funds to do that.
A variety of instructional materials for the learning teams are
needed. To build that kind of collection
of adult learning materials can be costly.
Ordering books for Pro-literacy's Reader's
Press is one of the catalogs used.
The literacy program has added numeracy as well as GED, HISET, and TASC
high school equivalency tests to help with test preparation. Additional books and materials to teach math
skills are needed as well.

On a monthly basis,
tutors need to come together and learn about new strategies for their learners
and the best way to do that is by collaborating with each other. Evenings are a good time to gather the tutors
due to work schedules and personal commitments, and a soup and sandwich meal is
a benefit for their devoted volunteer time.

Several months ago, the literacy
program at the library consisted of six learners and four tutors.

the program has increased from four tutors to 63 tutors and six learners to 78
active learners. The ultimate goal is to
establish a cohesive, collaborative network of adult basic education services
within the Pueblo County. Strong adult
literacy and education programs in a community bring a powerful return on investment
by improving lives of the adult learners and their families, improving the
economic development of the community, creating more informed voters, and
showing a substantial reduction in crime.
Education is key to success for any age.
To sustain the program and continue to offer this opportunity to our
community is a worthwhile purpose.

Hours of operation: 8-5

Cost info: This is a free service to adults 16-100

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Volunteering has been the best thing I could have done. Working with Angelina changed me as much as it changed her. Angelina had never been in school, in Guatemala or the U.S. She is now working on her G.E.D. and has become a U.S. Citizen.--Carrie

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Pueblo County's unemployment rate in 2015 was one of the highest at 7.2% according to the division of labor and employment. Pueblo County residents lag behind in the U.S. with respect to time and money spent on electronics and the internet and the household income is below the state and national average. The City's District 60 schools have a lower graduation rate and according to many agencies, the caseload for the disadvantaged has risen 200% in the last two years. Many of the population coming for help or wanting to better themselves and went to work toward a high school equivalency test and more. Forty-eight percent of Pueblo residents are without electronic devices and are in the lower income bracket.

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