Two Greenwood County Library Adult Literacy students have been published in “Women’s Perspectives: A Journal of Writing and Art by Adult Learners.”

Linda Hearst’s writing was published in the 14th edition of the journal released in 2019. Her essay is titled “My Steps to the Future.” Hearst has been a student in in the library’s Adult Literacy Program for five years and is tutored by Jill Kozcwara.

The library’s second student to be published is Debbie Mott, whose piece appears in the 15th edition of the journal released in 2020. It is titled “Facing My Fears”. Mott has been a student in the Literacy program for two years and is tutored by Shindale Aull. The women meet with their tutors at the library once a week to work on improving their reading and writing literacy skills, as well as digital literacy and computer skills.

In their essays, both students wrote about how much their lives have improved as their literacy skills have improved. They are becoming independent readers which allows them to become more independent women with increasing confidence in their abilities and potential. The Greenwood County Library’s Adult Literacy/ESL Program places students who want to improve their reading and writing skills, work towards a GED or learn to speak, read and write the English language, with volunteer tutors in a one-on-one or small class setting. It is open to Greenwood County residents and is free of charge.

“Women’s Perspectives: A Journal of Writing and Art by Adult Learners” is a publication of WE LEARN. WE LEARN is a nonprofit organization community promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women.

Submitted by Pattie Fender