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Altrusa promotes International Literacy Day

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Altrusa members, pictured, from left, are Janice Villareal, Mary Featherstone, Pat Loranca and Rhonda Lujan. (Submitted Photo)

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) first declared celebration of World Literacy Day, internationally, on Oct. 26, 1966, according to information submitted by Altrusa International of Roswell.

Members of the Altrusa Literacy Committee fill the Take One/Share One FREE libraries around Roswell with books in recognition of International Literacy Day. Altrusa encourages residents to look for these free libraries around Roswell and take a book they will enjoy, or leave a book for another to enjoy. (Hint: You may find them on Lea Avenue, Kentucky Avenue and Lost Trail Road. (Submitted Photo)

Sept. 8 of every year is now celebrated as International Literacy Day.

The day is observed to spread awareness about literacy, promote education and help people develop skills that can, among other things, help them find employment.

According to information provided by Altrusa, there are many ways the day is celebrated, including donating books, giving gifts (in the form of books), and creating a book library — an accessible collection of books and other educational materials.

Other ways of marking International Literacy Day include raising awareness of the importance of education.

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International Literacy Day 2020 emphasized “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond,” including a focus on the role of educators. It highlighted literacy from a lifelong-learning perspective, focusing on both youth and adults.

Local Altrusans filled “Take One/Share One” free libraries around Roswell with books in recognition of International Literacy Day. The organization’s members encourage residents to look for the libraries around town and take a book — or, leave a book for another to enjoy.

They can be found on Lea Avenue, Kentucky Avenue and Lost Trail Road, according to information submitted by Altrusa.