October is Health Literacy Month!
Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information.
Did you know that poor health literacy is a stronger predictor of a person’s health than his or her age or economic status? If you could only read as well as a third grader, could you understand important health information?
Public libraries provide resources for credible health and wellness information. Find out more about Health Literacy efforts in Oklahoma.
“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.”
– Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
Literacy—The ability to understand, interpret, create, communicate, and compute using printed and written materials. A continuum of learning that enables individuals to achieve goals, develop knowledge and potential, and participate fully in society. (from the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)
As our world relies more and more on technology, and society is bombarded with text in a wide array of formats, the ability to read is more critical than ever. Children who fall behind when learning to read often become adults with literacy problems. Learning to read as an adult can be a challenging process due to work, family, and other pressing commitment—however, the rewards can be life changing. As one adult learner wrote, “I’ve changed for the better and I’ve come a long way. I read with confidence. I feel better about myself. I see myself as a different person, still being challenged, but now working through it, not running away like before.”
ODL partners with libraries, non-profits and other organizations across Oklahoma to promote literacy.
For Kids & Young Adults
For All Ages
Important Literacy Dates
March 2: Read Across America Day
Annual Observance of National Financial Literacy Month
April 10–16, 2016: National Volunteer Week
Annual Observance of National Literacy Month
September 8: Annual Observance International Literacy Day
Annual Observance of Health Literacy Month
Annual Observance of LD Awareness Month
Annual Observance of Family Literacy Month
November 1: National Family Literacy Day
Also check out the Reading, Writing & Celebration page.