Improving reading skills and the fight against illiteracy in California: the role of libraries

Since 1984, public libraries across California have successfully implemented services for English-speaking adults and their families to improve reading skills and combat illiteracy, identified as a priority issue by the state. Around 60% of public libraries now take part in the California Library Literacy Service (CLLS), an ambitious state programme coordinated by the State Library and run by volunteers who offer free courses, tailored to the needs of individual students of all levels, in one-to-one sessions or in small groups.