Washtenaw Literacy

Washtenaw Literacy’s purpose is straightforward: we help adults change their lives through literacy. Our organization has over 30 years' experience in helping men and women improve their reading, writing and English as a second language skills.

This focus on individual goals makes our program unique in the county. Washtenaw Literacy is a critical part of our community’s educational continuum. Someday we hope to have no need for our services. Until then, we’ll support our volunteer tutors as they help low-literate men and women improve their skills and their lives.

Check out the Washtenaw Literacy website.

Staff Recommendations

Fourth of July Creek : a novelBy Henderson, Smith (Joshua Smith)

Set in Montana in the 1980s, this book’s main character, Pete Snow, is a social worker who is accustomed to dealing with dysfunctional families whose problems include drug addiction, alcoholism, child abuse, and more. One of his cases involves a 15-year-old boy whose mother, a drug addict, is no longer in control of him. In the midst of dealing with this family’s latest crisis, Pete is called to a local school where a dirty, smelly, malnourished 11-year-old boy has turned up. His name is Benjamin Pearl, and when Pete gives him a lift back to the vicinity of his home, he meets Benjamin’s hostile, violent, survivalist dad, Jeremiah. Over time Pete wins at least some of Jeremiah’s trust, but then gets caught in the middle when the FBI takes an interest in the man’s activities. Meanwhile, Pete’s personal life begins to unravel. Narrator MacLeod Andrews does a great job with the book’s male characters, and Jenna Lamia is riveting in her narration of interviews recounting the travails of Pete’s daughter Rachel. This is Henderson’s first novel; it is well written, bleak, and memorable.

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