Literacy News

View the Latest Issue of ProLiteracy’s Notebook

Notebook is published three times a year by ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation. View the Fall 2018 publication and check out the Student Profile on Page 16 featuring Jesse Cradduck who learned to read at the Norman Literacy Council.


From Poverty to Inspirational Preacher, a 30-Year-Old Learns to Read

Jesse CradduckFor adults who don’t know how to read, even performing some of life’s simplest tasks can cause a world of pain and stress. Many adults with low literacy skills cannot read a book to their children or a menu at a restaurant. They are unable to fill out important health and financial forms, read prescriptions, or easily obtain employment.

The Path to Literacy
Jesse Cradduck was an adult who suffered with low literacy. But for Jesse, there was more to it than that. Starting early in life, he faced unimaginable obstacles one after another into adulthood. His ability to overcome finally began with a referral to a local literacy program. Learning to read would eventually lead him to become the inspiration he is to many around the world today.

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries Literacy Resource Office, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, shared Jesse’s story with us. – See more at the ProLiteracy Blog.


Up and running— Miami Community Garden

The Health Literacy Project-Miami Community Garden, located on a plot of land just north of the Ottawa County Health Department, is flourishing and is producing crops.The Health Literacy Project-Miami Community Garden is up and running — and is producing vegetables.

“Everything is growing well,” Miami Public Library Director Marcia Johnson said during a Friday open house for the garden, located on a parcel of land adjacent to the Ottawa County Health Department, 1930 North Elm.

The Health Literacy Project is a cooperative partnership between the Miami Public Library, Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, the Northeast Tribal Health Systems, the health department, Ottawa County Department of Human Services and is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries under the Library Services and Technology Act, a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Read more at The Miami News – Record.  Article by By Jim Ellis