Literacy Waitākere and Auckland Council Libraries are marking the Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga with the launch of three new adult literacy books on 12 March 2022 at New Lynn Library.
The books, authored by former Literacy Waitākere students and staff, will increase the number of local resources available for adult learners.
Literacy Waitākere Manager, Sue West, says that the books are interesting and relevant to adult learners.
“These are genuine, authentic stories authored by former adult learners and staff,” says Sue.
Sharing stories also helps to break down some of the barriers and stigma attached to having literacy issues as an adult.
It is estimated that about 40 per cent of New Zealanders struggle with the literacy skills needed for everyday life.
“Many people miss out on learning at school for a variety of reasons – it takes a lot of courage to try and learn these skills as an adult,” says Sue.
“Our message is that if you or someone you know needs help, free courses are available throughout New Zealand.”
Head of Library and Learning Services, Catherine Leonard says supporting adult literacy is also a focus for Auckland Council Libraries.
“We view adult literacy as essential to communities being able to thrive.”
Support from Whau Local Board
Along with Auckland Council Libraries, Whau Local Board has also been a long-standing supporter of Literacy Waitākere.
“We see incredible value in the work they are doing with our communities,” says local board chair, Kay Thomas.
The three new books will be available to borrow from selected libraries in Auckland.
It is never too late to learn. If you or someone you know needs help with literacy, visit Literacy Waitakere