Literacy Is:

Reading a book confidently Reading for fun Understanding credit to get a house or car Confidence to ask questions at the grocery store Checking out a book at a library Ordering food at the drive-through Understanding health insurance Asking questions of a medical professional Understanding how to take medicine Learning how to change your tire Understanding the news Being curious Picking out a birthday card Writing an email to your boss
Using a computer confidently
Getting a better job Building a budget

Literacy Is

 

Reading a book confidently Reading for fun Understanding credit to get a house or car Confidence to ask questions at the grocery store Checking out a book at a library Ordering food at the drive-through Understanding health insurance Asking questions of a medical professional Understanding how to take medicine Learning how to change your tire Understanding the news Being curious Picking out a birthday card Writing an email to your boss
Using a computer confidently
Getting a better job Building a budget

Our Vision

Lifelong literacy for the greater Mid-South.

Literacy is lifelong learning, beginning with the basics for children, adults, and a bridge between where we learn together as families and communities.

Our Mission

Empowering individuals and enriching communities through literacy.

Reading Intervention

For middle school children with learning and attention challenges: we have intensive support for the child and caregivers, so that child will confidently and successfully stay in school, at a time in school when help isn’t easily available or too costly for families with limited income.

ESOL

For English Speakers of Other Languages, we have classes, conversation, and cultural support to learn and build English skills – from saying hello to becoming a US citizen.

Family Literacy Program

For families, learning together strengthens relationships and allows us all to share what we know, building community. Our themed family literacy months bridge our child and adult programming and include the community in events and online.

About Literacy

The Shelby Literacy Center, formerly the Collierville Literacy Council, is based in Collierville, Tenn., and serves the greater Mid-South.

For 35 years, we served our community through adult literacy services – English for Speakers of Other Languages classes and test preparation and testing for the high school equivalency diploma, often referred to as the GED.

In March 2020, we temporarily closed in March for COVID. Pivoting to online work was difficult for our students, and our Board of Directors began reviewing changes to our services.

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Answers to Your Questions

What services do you offer?

We have three programs: 1. Reading Intervention Support for 4th-8th Graders, to support learners in these grades with foundational literacy; 2. English for adult Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); 3. Family Literacy community themed monthly events for our students and community

Are you working with HiSET students anymore?

We are continuing with HiSET preparation for our ESOL students, in both English and Spanish.

Do I have different teachers each day or the same teachers?

Students will have one teacher, regardless of the program. If ESOL adults would like more conversation support outside of class, we provide that through online and in-person conversation with different volunteers.

How can you help me?

We’ll work to your individual goals in each of our programs. If you want help to learn more, we’ll guide you!

What is the cost?

The cost varies per program and is on a sliding scale. We don’t turn anyone away for an inability to pay, and offer the same level of high-quality instruction and materials regardless of family income. Scholarships are available. More questions? Please email or call.

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Family Literacy Month is here! Practice learning together.

Family Literacy Month is here! Practice learning together.

Family Literacy means focusing on learning together as a family. For adults, it's a way to bond with children and share what they know or want to learn. For young children, the bond is much deeper. Beginning as babies and continuing into teenage years, listening is...

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