Functional literacy and quality libraries are some of the keys to educational success, including the ability to complete GED programs. The Washoe County Library System checkouts (total volumes borrowed) rose throughout the recession, stabilized and has increased the last several years, even with the number of visitors to the libraries dropping last fiscal year. Turnover, or checkouts/collection also continue to rise.
The libraries obtained grant funding in FY09-10 to provide tutor.com, real-time tutoring assistance, and mangolanguages.com, with self-pacedESL and other foreign languages. Library services were also expanded for download, e-books rolled-out, public broadband was upgraded and computer classes reinstated—all needed for life-long education and community engagement.
According to the February 2004, Nevada White Paper on Literacy, it is a broad issue that is central to the success of communities. As such, literacy is defined as a person’s ability to understand and employ information, and compute and solve problems in daily activities at home, at work and in the community to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential. Community literacy involves a collaboration of programs, whether basic education, childhood development, or other learning programs. The Washoe County Library System’s Community Resource Center helps people with educational pursuits, job hunting and other life skills needs; 2,700 people were assisted by the center in FY08-09 and 8,000 assisted in FY10-11.
- Downtown Reno Public Library Internet access down for 6 weeks FY09-10; FY07-08 estimates
- FY 13-14 estimates