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


Raise Awareness

Attend a National Literacy Awareness Month Event in Houston: 

September 9th: Proclamation Ceremony at City Hall at 1:30 pm

September 16th: LitLab Young Professionals Meetup group kicks off at the Mucky Duck, 6 to 7:30pm

September 27th: Walking Towards Literacy event hosted by Making It Better Foundation at Tidwell Park, 9am to 1pm

 Follow us on facebook and twitter and share away! Awareness can start with your immediate social networks.


Help Houston Center for Literacy sort and distribute books September 9th through 12th. Reach out to danielle.vega@houliteracy.org for details and to sign up.

Volunteer at the Walking Towards Literacy event on September 27th, from 8am to 11am or 11am to 2pm. Sign up here

Reach out to your local literacy provider to find out about ongoing volunteer opportunities in your area.


Get your literacy donation matched by The John P. McGovern Foundation by supporting Houston Center for Literacy's Literacy Fund at /ways-to-give/donate.


Use our 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.


  • Proclamation: Ask your local mayor's office for a proclamation declaring September as "National Literacy Awareness Month." Use HCL's proclamation as a template for your own.

    Click here to download HCL's Proclamation request.

  • Logo: Help spread the word about National Literacy Awareness Month by using HCL's logo on all of your materials during the month of September.

    Click here to download the National Literacy Awareness Month logo.

  • Flyer:  Put flyers up around your community to raise awareness for National Literacy Awareness Month.

    Click here to download HCL's flyer.

  • Bookmark: Give away bookmarks at your local libraries or book stores.

    Click here to download HCL's bookmark.

  • Facebook: Change the background picture on your Facebook account to help spread the word. You can also share HCL's posts on your own Facebook page.

    Click here to download HCL's Facebook picture.

  • If you would like a flyer, bookmark or Facebook picture customized for your organization, please email Megan Schneider at megan.schneider@houliteracy.org.

  • Twitter: Use the hashtag #txliteracy all month long when tweeting or posting about literacy. You can also retweet HCL's tweets

  • Social Media Contest: Show off what literacy in action looks like! Tag pictures on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #literacyinaction. Houston Center for Literacy will pick a winning picture every week in September. Winners will receive a prize!

  • Other Resources

  • Proliteracy has a toolkit full of resources and ideas to plan for International Literacy Day (September 8) and National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (September 22 to 28). Check out the full toolkit here.

  • Gulf Coast Reads picks a book to read across the region every year in October. Join with your local library in this year's pick. Find out more at http://www.gulfcoastreads.org/.

  • Do you know of another great resource? Let us know and we'll add it here. Please email Megan Schneider at megan.schneider@houliteracy.org.