Rockwall County Library’s Reading for Adults, the adult literacy program formed in cooperation with Friends of the Rockwall County Library, was recently awarded a grant to continue providing services to Rockwall County residents.

The Wish You Well Foundation, the family foundation of author David Baldacci and his wife Michelle, is devoted to promoting nationwide family literacy. The foundation provided funding to buy books, software and ancillary equipment. The materials will be used for instruction in English as a Second Language and assist in study for meeting adult basic education requirements, the GED or citizenship. Programs at the library, Davis Elementary School in Royse City and the Parent Education Center will benefit.

The Texas Book Festival, whose honorary chairman is First Lady Laura Bush, also granted funding to the Rockwall County Library toward its goal of encouraging literacy throughout the community. These funds will help stock a family literacy library at the Rockwall Independent School District’s Parent Education Center. Doreen Miller, children’s librarian, is working with RISD Parent Education Center personnel to select materials for the family literacy library. The library, with the help of volunteers, will prepare the materials for the shelves.

Miller commented, “The Rockwall County Library is happy to partner with RISD as we work toward our common goal of promoting family literacy, not only for its educational value but also for the relational benefits to families when stories are shared.

“I enthusiastically encourage all families to share regular read aloud times for the priceless memories those times bring.”

Both district personnel and volunteers from Reading for Adults conduct family literacy courses or provide tutoring in English as a Second Language.

Friends of the Rockwall County Library is also assisting in raising money for the new Rockwall County Library through the Friends of the Library Capital Campaign. The library needs $500,000 to cover the purchase of books, furniture, computers and other equipment and materials.

Construction of the new facility should be completed in the summer of 2008. Reading for Adults will be housed in one wing of the library that will be dedicated as a Literacy Center.

For more information on this program, contact Nancy Rothacker, 972-771-3389.

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