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World Literacy Day celebrated

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Members of Altrusa International of Roswell promote reading and holding a library card during Saturday’s World Literacy Day event at the Roswell Public Library. From left are Rhonda Lujan, Anjali Suri, Kerry Cavin and Jackie Gooch. The Altrusa members encouraged people to use or obtain a library card and gave out goody bags to those who completed a scavenger hunt for items in the library. The main focus of the local Altrusa chapter is to promote literacy in the area. International Literacy Day was established in 1966 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be commemorated each Sept. 8 as a way to bring awareness to literacy issues across the world. Although basic literacy globally is now at 86 percent, up from 81 percent in 2000, according to UNESCO, there are still 750 million adults, including 102 between the ages of 15 to 24, who lack even basic reading and writing skills. The organization also notes that there is disparity among cities and nations and that literacy skills beyond the basic level are lacking among certain populations or regions of many countries, including in the United States. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)