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Caz Library literacy programs take on new challenges

Chin Burmese refugee Esther Tial, center, consults with Cazenovia Public Library Literacy Coordinators Carla Zimmerman and Cindy McCall about the upcoming GED exam.  Esther is earning her GED as well as improving her English skills in the Library’s expanded literacy program.

Chin Burmese refugee Esther Tial, center, consults with Cazenovia Public Library Literacy Coordinators Carla Zimmerman and Cindy McCall about the upcoming GED exam. Esther is earning her GED as well as improving her English skills in the Library’s expanded literacy program.

— ProLiteracy has also developed a series of informational packets on refugees arriving in the CNY community that were made available to Cazenovia library tutors.

The well-researched ethnographies provide a window into different cultures and help literacy tutors better understand the cultural background of new learners from countries such as Sudan or Burma.

Over 41,000 adults in Madison and Onondaga counties live with low literacy skills. In Madison County, 16 percent of the adult population does not have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Among other initiatives, a series of fundraisers will be held to support local literacy efforts.

Grants and donations also help, as ProLiteracy and Cazenovia Public Library programs work together to reach the underserved literacy needs in the area.

For more information about literacy needs in Cazenovia and Madison County, call the Cazenovia Public Library at 655-9322.

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