Literacy Services Online
The building may be closed but not the services.
Like many other organizations, Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy shut down on March 18th in response to public health concerns and guidance about COVID-19, temporarily stopping our services to almost 150 people in the community.
However, in just a couple of weeks, much of the program was able to be moved online. Tutors and learners were taught how to use platforms like ZOOM, WhatsApp and Skype for their 1:1 sessions and eight of the 10 regularly scheduled classes were quickly moved using a distance learning model.
NMPL has continued engaging people through online channels to further its mission of literacy education. So far, about 40 online pairs are meeting with more taking steps to start in the near future. Starting next week, the program will be offering online orientations to new learners and online training to those who wish to be tutors.
In this uncertain time, the need for improved language skills is great. Many people will be in search of employment, dealing with health issues, or in need of emergency services. NMPL provides help to those with poor English Literacy skills who want to be self sufficient.
Although there is no scheduled reopening of the Library building slated, we are confident that quality services can continue in this new environment. That said, we are all looking forward to getting back to face to face tutoring, classes and programs.
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Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy is a program of the Newport Beach Public Library which provides free literacy instruction to adults who live or work in the Newport Beach area. Our dedicated volunteers have helped hundreds of people improve their English skills. In doing so, these volunteers have helped change lives. Literacy is a concern for everyone in our community as it affects not only the learner, but employers, healthcare providers, schools and more.
For many in our population, English is their second language. All second language learners benefit from learning better English skills. Job opportunities improve with English proficiency, children perform better in school if their parents are able to help them and healthcare providers can more easily care for their patient if they are proficient in English. NMPL is dedicated to achieving literacy for all members of our society. Literacy does change lives!