The surprising statistics about reading

Over 30 million Americans have reading skills beneath basic literary level, according to an article regarding literacy.  Looking at the figures from the National Center for Educational Statistics, that included 13% of adults aged 16 and over in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in 2003.

The importance of reading may not surprise you, but, if you’re reading this post, it’s unlikely that you’re among the members of your neighborhood who would struggle to do so.  And trust me, they’re there.

Because September is National Literacy Month, this week’s blog posts will be dedicated to local organizations who have emphasized reading as more than just a key to creativity or curiosity–but as an essential component to gaining life skills, social mobility, and job security.

You know, the stuff much of us usually take for granted.

Harrisburg, August 2011

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