Friends of B/CS Library System Receive Barbara Bush Literacy Grant

The Barbara Bush Literacy Corps has awarded the Friends of the B/CS Library System $2,810.62 for the new Barbara Bush Literacy Corps Adult & Family Literacy Program.

The new program will kick-off with a volunteer tutor training workshop on the morning of Saturday, May 19 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., and a student orientation in the afternoon of the same day from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 pm. Both events will take place in the Clara Mounce Library Meeting Room (201 E. 26th St., Bryan).

According to a study done by the National Center for Education Statistics, 14% of Brazos County residents, or, almost 1 in 5 people in our community cannot read well enough to fill out a job application or read prescription directions. (

The Mounce Public Library is helping other community organizations to meet this need in our community, modeling other successful adult literacy programs offered by libraries across the country.

The Barbara Bush Literacy Corps grant money will provide books for both teachers and students from New Reader’s Press.

The Friends of the Library will provide software to help students.

If you are willing to give two hours of your time on a weekly or monthly basis, or would like to volunteer to assist in our adult literacy classes, please contact Bobbee Pennington at (979) 209-5600. A volunteer tutor training workshop will be offered on the morning of Saturday, May 19 from 9:30 a.m. - Noon in the Clara Mounce Library meeting room.

If you know of an adult 18 years of age or older that would like reading help, please contact Bobbee Pennington at (979) 209-5600. Student orientation will be offered on the afternoon of Saturday, May 19, from 1:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m. in the Clara Mounce Library meeting room.

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