Abstract

This study explores the impact library literacy programs have in the development of immigrant community engagement. Public libraries services are essential to the social, cultural, and economic development of rapidly expanding ethnic communities. A library’s adult literacy programs play an important role in reaching new Americans and expanding their participation in society. Through learner-centered instruction, these programs provide opportunities for advancement and integration. The dialogic exchange among learners promotes reciprocal teaching, and enriches their voices as they link what they learn to what is relevant in their lives. This study concludes with strategies to successfully bridge immigrant transition to become active citizens.

Keywords

Adult literacy, public libraries, immigrant communities, community engagement.

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Failing To Read Well: The Role of Public Libraries in Adult Literacy, Immigrant Community Building, and Free Access to Learning

This study explores the impact library literacy programs have in the development of immigrant community engagement. Public libraries services are essential to the social, cultural, and economic development of rapidly expanding ethnic communities. A library’s adult literacy programs play an important role in reaching new Americans and expanding their participation in society. Through learner-centered instruction, these programs provide opportunities for advancement and integration. The dialogic exchange among learners promotes reciprocal teaching, and enriches their voices as they link what they learn to what is relevant in their lives. This study concludes with strategies to successfully bridge immigrant transition to become active citizens.