What is Families for Literacy?

OC Read strives to come alongside families with adults that struggle with low-literacy and support them with resources, tutoring, reading classes, and more—all to inspire a lifelong love of learning and propel them toward a thriving and successful future. 

  • Family Literacy Day: A celebration of both adult literacy learners and early literacy with an interactive community outreach event that includes a special guest speaker, local community partners, and engaging literacy-based crafts and activities.  
  •  Back to School Night: OC Read helps families prepare for the return to school focusing on early literacy skills and kindergarten readiness. Back to School events take place at several library locations throughout OCPL. 
  • Read for the Record: OC Read is proud to be a supporter of Read for the Record, a worldwide campaign to celebrate early language development by reading the same book together on the same day. OC Read works with throughout all 32 OCPL branches and provides support for early literacy storytimes and program events.
  • Outreach Storytimes: Families for Literacy works alongside OCPL’s Mobile Library and community resource centers to recruit families who need support with reading and writing. Outreach storytimes include songs, fingerplays, and dynamic books that model interactive reading skills and encourage families to read together at home. 
  • Community Events: Families for Literacy are invited by community organizations, schools, and family resource centers to share OC Read services.  

Want to learn more about upcoming Family Literacy programs? Check out our Literacy Events Calendar for all the latest program descriptions and information about how to register. 

Who is eligible?

Families that are eligible to receive family literacy services:

  • Have one or more family members enrolled in OC Read; or
  • Include an adult with low literacy skills who is eligible to be enrolled in OC Read

If you are interested in becoming an adult learner with OC Read, please call (714) 566-3070 to speak with a literacy coordinator. More information about the Adult Literacy program can be found on the About OC Read page under the FAQ.

Early Literacy Calendar

Developed by the Public Library Association (PLA), this calendar is full of daily literacy-building activities to share with your child.