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Surrey Libraries Information Access and Literacy Support

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Access to education and literacy support provides significant benefits for vulnerable communities, newcomers, families and children in Surrey. Research in the United States and Canada has shown that low literacy is strongly related to crime, unemployment, and youth disengaging from school. Being able to read is a fundamental skill that opens the door to learning, access to services, and personal development. Breaking the cycle of low literacy leading to future vulnerability and anti-social behaviour is a key focus of this initiative.

“Where the power of knowledge inspires people to build a better future.”- Surrey Libraries vision

Library outreach workers proactively go into the community to identify opportunities for helping vulnerable people access information. They also work with the Surrey Pre-Trial Centre to help those awaiting trial undertake positive literacy training programs. One of the programs of the Pre-Trial centre clients is to build ‘Free library’ boxes to be placed in neighbourhoods for book sharing programs.

Get information at your local Surrey library on how you can set up a “Little Free Library".

How we'll measure success

  • Increase in participant satisfaction with programs
  • Increase in the number of participants in literacy and Access Card programs
  • Increase in the number of users demonstrating use of Card with no delinquency of services
  • Increase in the number of return visits by Card users tracked via drop-box prize chances
  • Increase in the number of outreach visits by library staff

Surrey Libraries Information Access and Literacy Support Partners

  • Surrey Libraries
  • Surrey Pre-Trial Centre

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