How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading
looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read
Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)
Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates
The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.
Louisiana Public Square
can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF
in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio
in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO
in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
This episode of Louisiana Public Square
is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program
, the Louisiana Forestry Association
, LSU Press
and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South
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