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  • Library's ReadStrong program boosts reading skills, builds confidence

    Aug 27, 2013 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Public Library’s ReadStrong program has provided 285 tutoring sessions over the last year that have helped more than 175 children, teens, and adults in our community improve their reading skills.

    ReadStrongIn 2012, the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records received $3.3 million through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to allocate throughout the state. Pima County Public Library was awarded a $48,645 LSTA grant to create the ReadStrong program and help students in grades four through 12 and adults improve their reading skills.

    Now in its second year, ReadStrong offers free drop-in reading labs for students of all ages during after-school and weekend hours. Specially trained tutors work with participants who choose the books they want to read and can access specialized reading software at home or on the Library’s public computers.

    The fall ReadStrong term begins Tuesday, Sept. 3, and will run at the following branches:
    • Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.
    • Martha Cooper Branch Library, Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
    • Quincie Douglas Community Literacy Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Valencia Branch Library, Sundays, 2-5 p.m.; Mondays, 4-7 p.m.
    • William Taft Abbett, Sr. Branch Library, Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (begins Oct. 16)

    Find more information about the Pima County Public Library’s ReadStrong program online.