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The mission of the family literacy program at Mounce Public Library is five-fold: 1) To help young children (0-5) gain the foundational literacy skills needed to enter school ready to succeed. 2) To encourage school children to read during the summer when school is not in session to prevent what researchers call "summer reading loss". 3) To encourage families to use library services. 4) To help better the lives of adults in our community who suffer from functional illiteracy. 5) To help adults in our community learn English so that they can understand medical professionals, talk with their child’s teacher, get a job or advance in the one they have, and keep safe in the workplace.
The Early Literacy Program includes a year-round story-time program, workshops on early literacy and an innovative early literacy play-scape. The Summer Reading Program includes weekly events to encourage families to come to the library, check out books and read all summer. The Fun Family Events Program and the Multilingual Family Story Hour are monthly events offered year round. All of these programs are funded through the Friends of the Library. Mounce Library started the Adult Literacy Program to help adults learn to read and to help adults learn English. According to the US Census, one in five people in the Brazos Valley are functionally illiterate. ESL students are adults 18 and up who need to learn English. The ESL Program at Mounce Library is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2015-2016), the Dollar General Foundation (2015), the Friends of the B/CS Library System, and private donations.