Boosting Literacy from the Broome County Library

By Michelle Costanza

September 11, 2012 Updated Sep 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One in five residents of Broome and Tioga Counties experience some sort of difficulty when it comes to reading, but one group looking to battle that statistic is getting a boost from a new home.

The second floor of the Broome County Public Library is the new home of the Literacy Volunteers of Broome and Tioga County.

The group aims to improve the literacy skills of local adults, and it feels the new location will help them do that.

"I really hope that people will come in and use the library either as a tutor meeting space or they'll come and check out books. And that's what our main goal is, to get people to read," said Lisa Wise, Broome County Public Library Director.

"We have over 100 students right now and almost as many tutors, and that varies month to month, and it's kept about that rate. But since we've been in the library, more and more people are just walking in cause they've heard about us or seen that we're here," said Jane Clair, LVBT Executive Director.

Literacy Volunteers currently help more than 100 students, but say they've already seen their numbers rise.