literacy

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San Antonio has a literacy problem. Roughly one in four San Antonio adults is functionally illiterate – defined as reading at or below a fifth-grade level. How did we get here?

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This weekend the University of Texas Health Science Center will host the Texas Biomedical Institute, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UTSA, and others for a symposium on how to get scientists to explain tough science to a general audience.

Guests:

  • Teresa Evans, Director of the office of Career Development at the University of Texas Health Science Center
  • David Weiss, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at the University of Texas Health Science Center

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The San Antonio Public Library System is debuting a new way to expand the reach of its digital book system.

When going to the library you expect to see rows of book shelves, but now the library is experimenting with its walls. Its digital library community project takes vinyl wallpaper that looks like a bookshelf where each book in the image has a QR code, and places it in senior centers, YMCA locations, and at Haven for Hope.

Library Director Ramiro Salazar said the goal is to show what resources the library has available.

SA Reads

The fifth annual SA Reads Summer Book Drive is kicking off this week with a mission to provide books to children who may not have access to them.

The book drive was originally started by Congressman Joaquín Castro in 2010, but is now run by Literacy San Antonio. Executive Director Pamela Toman said their goal is to collect as many books as possible.

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"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them" -- Mark Twain.

Dr. John Miller, the author of the America's Most Literate Cities study, which ranked 77 of the nation's largest cities by six groupings of criteria, said that Twain quote perfectly encapsulates his attitude toward literacy.

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