(Mass Appeal) – Today is a celebration! It’s Read Across America Day! Here to help us recognize this very important day is Laurie Flynn, President of Link to Libraries.

Key U.S. literacy statistics:

  • 21% of adults in the US are illiterate
  • 54% of adults have a literacy below 6th grade level
  • 66% of 4th grade children could not read proficiently
  • 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare