Literacy screening day this Saturday at library


PHILIPSBURG – The SXM Reads platform is inviting the general public to participate in a Literacy Screening Day on Saturday, October 29, from 10:30am to 12:45pm at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.

lieracy-for-allThe Literacy Screener or “Taalmeter” is a quick way to trace language problems. It is an online tool that indicates whether someone’s reading level is sufficient for activities like writing a letter of application or submitting forms. The instrument is valid, objective and reliable and is designed for organizations that wish to have a quick indication of the language level of their customers, clients or employees. The screening only takes 12 minutes.

The instrument was developed by the European literacy organizations and is widely used in the Netherlands and other European countries.

“So walk in, bring a friend, for this program is for any and everyone who is willing to take up the challenge and do a 12-minute literacy test. You can also make use of this opportunity to find out how this tool can be used in your own company or organization,” a press release said.

Everyone is welcome to come to the library on this Saturday and get “screened.” SXM Reads aims to create awareness about and support for persons with low literacy skills in society. Apart from the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, UNESCO, Rotary St. Martin Sunrise and Come Centre are represented in SXM Reads.