The Milford Public Library has added a new literacy collection, donated by Anthony and Theodora Brown in honor of Anthony’s mother, Gale Gokey Brown.

The collection focuses on employment and workforce preparation, basic life skills, citizenship and civic engagement. It also features titles by popular authors that are geared toward adults learning to read.

Adult literacy is a serious problem for about one-fifth of adults in the United States, states a library announcement about the new collection. Factors such as learning disabilities, poverty, an interrupted education ad immigrant and refugee status contribute to this national crisis.

“We are grateful for the Browns’ generous donation, which has allowed us to expand and refresh our ESL collection,” said Christine Angeli, Director of the Milford Public Library.  “Low literacy skills impact every aspect of life; when individuals learn to read and write they are able to secure sustainable employment, support their families, integrate better in the community and change their lives for the better.”

As part of the Milford Public Library’s mission, this expanded collection offers literacy assistance to adults within the community.

“This gift also helps us support the work of the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut by expanding access to needed learning materials,” said Angeli.