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The Brinkman Legacy: Championing Adult Literacy

The library’s Center for Adult Learning wouldn’t be what it is today—a place where adults can learn to read, learn English as a second language, prepare for GED classes and testing—without the vision, innovation and passion of Jean Ulmer Brinkman. Jean, the founder of CAL and Learn to Read, which are located at the library, had a big dream—to give every adult the opportunity and right tools to learn to read.

LEAP in the Direction of Your Dreams

After Misty Jones served eight months in prison, she needed a boost to get back into the workforce. She found what she needed with the team from Operation New Hope and its Ready4Work program, which is designed to assist ex-offenders re-enter the workforce. During her time with New Hope, Jones discovered programs in the city that she never knew existed, including our digital literacy program through Project LEAP.

Center for Adult Learning student the focus of WJCT story

The Jacksonville Public Library's Center for Adult Learning, located at the downtown Main Library, works with hundreds of students who want to learn English or earn a high school diploma. WJCT aired a story about Peter Malick, a student at the library who fled Sudan as a boy and is now pursuing an education.

Guest Column: Library offers summer reading program

Barbara A.B. Gubbin, director of the Jacksonville Public Library

(Published in the Florida Times-Union Tuesday, June 17, 2014)

Every Jacksonville resident should be concerned after reading the headline May 23:

“FCAT: 1 in 5 fail to make grade; 22% of third-graders in Duval schools below test reading standard.”

Poor reading skills affect everyone, regardless of whether you have children in school.

As the article pointed out, children who struggle with reading in third grade have an incredibly difficult time in later grades.

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