September is National Literacy Awareness Month


Why Literacy?

The demand for a literate, prepared workforce is increasing in our city and nationwide as we grow and attract more business, yet the burden of illiteracy plagues many of our citizens and prevents them from participating fully in all of the opportunities their city has to offer.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, one in five adult Houstonians is functionally illiterate. Every day thousands of adults in Houston and across the nation seek literacy and basic education services provided by educational organizations, yet many are turned down due to lack of funding or space.   


How You Can Help


Attend a National Literacy Awareness Month Event in Houston 

September 10th: Proclamation Ceremony at City Hall at 1:30 p.m.

September 14th: Check out HCL's booth at the Whole Planet Foundation event at Whole Foods on Wilcrest

September 15th: Join HCL and Literacy Advance of Houston as we cheer on the Astros for Literacy Day at the Ballpark


Volunteer at a literacy organization near you

With so many literacy organizations throughout Greater Houston, it's easier than you think to find a location convenient to your work and home.

Click to learn more about HCL volunteer opportunities.


Mayor's Proclamation

On September 10th, Mayor Annise Parker, together with Council Member Jack Christie, proclaimed September as Literacy Awareness Month in Houston. We would like to extend our thanks to all of the providers, board members and public officials who came out in support of the proclamation.

Click here to download a PDF of the Mayor's proclamation. 


Governor's Proclamation

On September 8th, Governor Rick Perry declared Literacy Day in Texas. A huge thanks to our friends at Literacy Texas for helping to make this happen. 

Click here to download the Governor's proclamation. 

Literacy Awareness Toolkit

Pay your education forward by promoting the importance of literacy programs in Houston, across Texas and nationally with our literacy toolkit. Click the links below to download each item at no cost.

Literacy Day at the Ballpark


Help raise awareness about low literacy rates in our city by joining HCL as we watch the Houston Astros take on the LA Angels. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. on September 15th at Minute Maid Park.

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Visit Half Price Books

All month long, Half Price Books will have coin boxes at their registers to collect money for Houston Center for Literacy and other literacy partners. Make sure to support your local HPB and keep that coin box full!

Stop by Your Local Library

Visit your local library to pick up National Literacy Awareness Month flyers and bookmarks. You can give them to your co-workers, friends and loved ones. With your support, we will continue to improve the literacy landscape of Houston.