International Literacy Day

Here at Brookens Library, Every Day is Literacy Day!

Brookens Library invites the UIS community to recognize and celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8. Founded by UNESCO, this annual event aims to highlight the importance of literacy for both young and old. This year’s focus is “literacy and skills development” with emphasis on the skills and competencies needed for employment, careers and livelihoods.

Workforce, educational and community involvement all depend on literacy skills to navigate today’s increasingly digital world. The concept of literacy is no longer only defined as reading, writing and counting skills, but has grown to include the ability to identify, create and communicate information in different aspects of our work, school and social lives. Unfortunately, illiteracy is still a major problem in many communities around the world, and there are still 750 million adults who cannot read and write. Learn more at UNESCO’s site.

Here at Brookens Library, every day is Literacy Day! Our librarians promote information literacy in and out of the classroom, helping students discover, evaluate and utilize the information they need for their research assignments and personal lives, as well as for their future careers. With so much information out in the world, it is more important than ever to build the skills necessary to become information literate citizens.

However you decide to celebrate International Literacy Day, take a moment to reflect on what it means to be able to read. As children’s author Tomie dePaola once said, “Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.”