About Literacy Volunteers-HBPL

What is Literacy Volunteers-Huntington Beach Library?

Literacy Volunteers-HBPL is a service of Huntington Beach Public Library with a rich history of providing adult literacy services for the community. We are also a private non-profit and as such, have a board of directors, by-laws and mission in addition to our library mission. In the United States, an estimated 30 million adults can only read at a fifth grade level or lower. Literacy Volunteers-HBPL identifies and works with adults in our area who need to improve basic literacy skills.

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Literacy Volunteers-HBPL Mission

We believe that the ability to read and write is essential to personal freedom and the maintenance of a democratic society. We recruit and train volunteers to help adults improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills; we recruit adult learners and match each with a trained tutor; we maintain a teaching materials library; and we offer support services to tutors and learners at Huntington Beach Public Library.

Huntington Beach Public Library Mission

The Huntington Beach Public Library and Cultural Center welcomes, empowers, and enriches our community by providing innovative and traditional library services that inspire and encourage transformation and growth. Adult literacy is just one of those services provided to the community.

History of Literacy Volunteers-HBPL

  • Literacy Volunteers-HBPL was originally an affiliate of a national organization called Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), which was founded by Ruth Colvin in Syracuse, New York, in 1963. Our local chapter was established in 1984 by Linda D. Light.
  • In 1986, then Library Director Ron Hayden invited the local affiliate to the Huntington Beach Library as part of the California Library Literacy initiative.
  • Oak View Family Literacy Program began offering literacy services in November 1993, preceding Oak View Branch Library which opened in 1995. Now known as Oak View Literacy, this program remains a key service offered at this branch.
  • LVA and Laubach International joined to become ProLiteracy in 2002. We are an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, which has 1,200 affiliates in the United States and the District of Columbia. ProLiteracy also works with more than 120 grassroots partner programs in 62 developing countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Read and Explore

Read ProLiteracy’s Adult Literacy Facts.

Read ProLiteracy’s What We Do.

Read the 2020 Report to the State Legislature on California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services Program.

Review this chart which shows how Adult Literacy at Central Library and Oak View Literacy at Oak View Branch Library are similar and different.

Homework: Reflect on these questions and submit your answers in the form below.

  • What are some issues that you think are most pressing for adults with low-literacy skills?
  • Write at least 3 things that caught your attention when exploring ProLiteracy or the California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services Program: Report to the Legislature.
  • How does helping an adult improve their literacy skills affect our community?

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