Adult Reading Help Available in LaVergne

I’ve seen this story a time or two, but the DNJ brings the latest to us.  It was on Channel 5 last night, as well, and maybe others that I didn’t see.  There’s discussion going on at the DNJ as well, so if you want to comment about the incident / hate crime / joke itself (the prosecution v. defense versions) click on over.

The reason I wanted to write about it here is another angle completely.  In the article, a neighbor stated that her granddaughter had to write Mr. Taylor’s statement to the police because he is unable to read or write. 

Read to Succeed is a program in Rutherford County that not only promotes reading to children and families, but it also provides tutoring for adults who are unable to read.

The Adult Literacy Program works with adults 18 years-of-age and older to provide free one-on-one tutoring in basic literacy. The program provides a free 15-hour training course to teach volunteer tutors how to work with adults who have below 5th grade level reading skills. The tutors are then paired one-on-one with adult learners. Throughout the year, inservice training is offered to the tutors at no cost. In addition, the program provides the basic literacy materials needed for the tutoring process.

This does appear to be a county-wide effort because there are classes and seminars scheduled in LaVergne at our public library.

September 18, 2008
Tutor In Service
LaVergne Public Library
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Rachel Nelson

Topic: Creative Techniques for Working with Challenging Students

If you or someone you know doesn’t know how to read, ask them if they’d like to learn.  YOU CONTACT THIS PERSON FOR THEM since they may not be able to read numbers:

Pidge Cash  615-738-7323. She can be contacted by email at adultliteracy (at) readtosucceed (dot) org.


3 Responses

  1. Kudos to our library for help irradicate illiteracy in our community.


    “This does appear to be a county-wide effort because there are classes and seminars scheduled in LaVergne at our public library.”

    The La Vergne Public Library is not affiliated with the county. It is our own library, and we need to help support it.

  2. Didn’t say the library was “affiliated with the county”. I said Read to Succeed is a county-wide program. In any case, I do agree the library deserves kudos for efforts to conquer illiteracy!

  3. Hi All,
    Thanks for your words of support!
    Read To Succeed is a local non-profit created to promote literacy in Rutherford County. One of our many programs provides trained basic literacy tutors for adults who live or work in Rutherford County. The library is one of our many community collaborators who helps make this program happen. To find out more or volunteer, please visit
    Literacy Matters!
    Ronni Shaw
    Executive Director
    Read To Succeed

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