Laubach Literacy New Brunswick

(Moncton, New Brunswick – September 6, 2013) – To mark International Literacy Day this Sunday, a provincial adult literacy group is encouraging New Brunswickers to rejuvenate their love of literacy.


“People are often so busy with their lives that they put reading for pleasure on the back burner,” says Deanna Allen, Executive Director of Laubach Literacy New Brunswick (LLNB). “But you’re actually doing yourself a disservice by not taking that time for yourself and for your literacy skills.”


There is overwhelming evidence that literacy has a significant relationship to people’s opportunities in life, and to their health, says Allen.


“Developing a love of reading helps individuals in so many ways – increasing their reading skills, of course, but also reducing stress levels, decreasing their risk of illnesses like dementia, and generally boosting mental concentration and mental agility levels,” she says.


Demonstrating a passion for reading is also a great way to role model for your children or other family members, adds Allen.


“It doesn’t matter what you read, mysteries, science fiction, graphic novels,” she says. “It’s definitely worth taking a few minutes of your day.”


For those interested in improving their basic adult reading skills, Sunday is a great day to consider reaching out for help to an organization like LLNB, Allen notes. The non-profit, charitable organization is made up of volunteers who help New Brunswickers improve their reading, writing and math skills, through a free, confidential program.


International Literacy Day – started by UNESCO – has been observed around the globe for more than 40 years, with literacy promoted as a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development.


For more information, contact Cathy Donaldson, Communications Coordinator, Laubach Literacy New Brunswick (506) 853-7540 (o) / (506) 866-6427 (c)