Libraries change lives with the gift of literacy
  • Tuesday 05 December 2017
Many of us take for granted the ability to read a book or the back of a medicine bottle. But if we couldn’t, it is great to know that our local library can help – and it’s free.

On December 4, 115 Adult Literacy students and tutors attended an end-of-year celebration to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to improving literacy skills.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Council’s Libraries have provided free literacy training to adults between 15 and 76 years of age, with the dedicated support of trained volunteers, for the past 28 years.

“Our adult literacy students include school leavers, parents, grandparents, workers, unemployed, people with physical/intellectual disabilities, migrants and many others,” Cr McKay said.

“These people, for a variety of reasons, may be prohibited from participating in activities that involve reading, writing, speaking, numeracy and basic digital literacy.

“This free course is certainly life changing and one council is extremely proud of.”

One student who was keen to share her story at the end-of-year celebration on December 4 was Kay Frohlich, who is originally from Thailand and is now living in Maleny.

Kay arrived on the Sunshine Coast in 2010 and started working as a kitchen hand in a Thai restaurant.

Kay said she was very lucky to learn from the restaurant owners and two years later, took over the Sukhothai restaurant, fondly named after her home village in Thailand.

“To assist in running my business, I started attending the Adult Literacy classes at Maleny Library in 2013,” she said.

“My English has improved greatly as my tutors are very good and help me to pronounce my words.

“I really enjoyed attending the end-of-year celebration with all the friends I have made since joining the class”.

Kay’s is just one of the many stories that come from the inspirational people who attend the Sunshine Coast Libraries Adult Literacy Program.

Find out more about Adult Literacy programs.

Image captions: Kay Frohlick with her adult literacy tutor Karen at Sunshine Coast Council’s Maleny Library and Kay at last night's end of year celebration event.