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Express Reads Pilot Project

The Express Reads initiative provides a selection of short novels that are engaging and inviting to adult readers who are working to improve their literacy skills. Reading levels range from 2.1 to 4.8 on the Fry graph (Lexile HL310L- HL530L).

In this pilot project, libraries will receive a free set of Express Reads books and choose a method for sharing the books with their adult literacy learners and/or another select audience. Feedback from the project will be used to plan for future materials, activities and trainings to support adult learning.

This project is open to library systems and cooperative member libraries, first come, first served.

Priority will be given to rural areas of opportunity. Rural Areas of Opportunity (RAO) are defined as rural communities, or a region composed of rural communities, that have been adversely affected by extraordinary economic events or natural disasters.

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For FY2023-24, the percentage of total costs for the Adult Learning Program financed with federal money is 67%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the project is $92,112. This program does not include any non-governmental funding.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.