Cleveland Reads for International Literacy Day

Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, compute, and communicate using visual, audible, and digital materials across disciplines and in any context.


On Thursday, September 8, 2016, join Mayor Frank G. Jackson and thousands of readers from across the nation participate in International Literacy Day (ILD), which shines a spotlight on global literacy needs and goes hand in hand with International Literacy Association (ILA’s) mission: literacy for everyone, everywhere. On ILD (and every day), ILA advocates for a literate world, supports literacy educators and leaders, and celebrates the power of literacy. So grab a book, read to yourself, read out load, read to a baby, a friend or a loved one or ask a child to read to you!

The ability to read, write, and communicate connects people to one another and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible. Communication and connection are the basis of who we are and how we live together and interact with the world.  The ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 75 countries. With over 60 years of experience, ILA has set the standard for how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated.

Why should you read and encourage others to read:

  • To Develop Your Verbal Abilities
  • Improves Your Focus and Concentration
  • Readers Enjoy The Arts and Improve The World
  • It Improves Your Imagination
  • Reading Makes You Smarter
  • It Makes You Interesting
  • It Reduces Stress
  • It Improves Your Memory
  • To Discover and Create Yourself
  • For Entertainment
  • Reading is fundamental!