Libraries change lives with the gift of literacy

Published: Comments:
Community Literature & Libraries Sunshine Coast Council

Kay Frohlick with her adult literacy tutor Karen at Sunshine Coast Council’s Maleny Library.

Many of us take for granted the ability to read a book or the back of a medicine bottle. But if we couldn’t, it is great to know that our local library can help – and it’s free.
On December 4, 115 Adult Literacy students and tutors attended an end-of-year celebration to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to improving literacy skills.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Council’s Libraries have provided free literacy training to adults between 15 and 76 years of age, with the dedicated support of trained volunteers, for the past 28 years.
“Our adult literacy students include school leavers, parents, grandparents, workers, unemployed, people with physical/intellectual disabilities, migrants and many others,” Cr McKay said.
“These people, for a variety of reasons, may be prohibited from participating in activities that involve reading, writing, speaking, numeracy and basic digital literacy.
“This free course is certainly life changing and one council is extremely proud of.”
One student who was keen to share her story at the end-of-year celebration on December 4 was Kay Frohlich, who is originally from Thailand and is now living in Maleny.
Kay arrived on the Sunshine Coast in 2010 and started working as a kitchen hand in a Thai restaurant.
Kay said she was very lucky to learn from the restaurant owners and two years later, took over the Sukhothai restaurant, fondly named after her home village in Thailand.
“To assist in running my business, I started attending the Adult Literacy classes at Maleny Library in 2013,” she said.
“My English has improved greatly as my tutors are very good and help me to pronounce my words.
“I really enjoyed attending the end-of-year celebration with all the friends I have made since joining the class”.
Kay’s is just one of the many stories that come from the inspirational people who attend the Sunshine Coast Libraries Adult Literacy Program.
To find out more, visit and search “adult literacy”.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Council's youth action plan ensures young people thrive and help to shape the region's future 22 March 2018 | A plan that focuses on three priority areas for the Sunshine Coast's young residents that recognises their important contribution to the community has been endorsed by council today (March 22). More information...
Calvary Christian Church to continue as Christmas Carols hosts 22 March 2018 | Calvary Christian Church will continue to deliver the extremely popular Carols on Kings and Carols at Cotton Tree Christmas events for an additional two years following endorsement by council at its Ordinary... More information...
Last chance to see cabaret diva Catherine Alcorn in Cathartic 22 March 2018 | Adored by audiences for her portrayals of Bette Midler and Christine McVie, Catherine Alcorn makes her anticipated return to Sunshine Coast Council’s Lake Kawana Community Centre on Thursday, April 5 with her... More information...
Plan endorsed for upgrading unsealed roads 22 March 2018 | Three roads in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland are set to be the first to benefit from council’s new 10-year plan to upgrade unsealed roads that receive low levels of traffic. More information...
Entries closing soon for Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018 21 March 2018 | Time is running out to submit your artwork for this year’s Sunshine Coast Art Prize, with entries closing at 5pm on Friday, April 6. More information...
Council helping residents to think public transport 22 March 2018 | Could public transport help you get around the Sunshine Coast this Easter? Council’s TravelSmart team want to help you find out. More information...
Welcoming the Commonwealth at the Festival of Champions – this Sunday 21 March 2018 | The Sunshine Coast will officially Welcome the Commonwealth to our region at a special community event featuring the visiting teams and some of our local Commonwealth Games athletes at Cotton Tree Park on Sunday... More information...
QAGOMA'S Kids on Tour brings 'Me, Myselfie and I' to Caloundra Regional Gallery 20 March 2018 | A program of exciting, free, hands-on activities encouraging children to explore ideas around self and identity will be on offer in The Artroom at Caloundra Regional Gallery these school holidays. More information...
Have your say on the draft plan for Gardners Falls 20 March 2018 | Residents, businesses and community volunteers will have the opportunity to share their views on the long-term management of Gardners Falls at Maleny, with council releasing a draft landscape and management plan... More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service