It’s official. Metropolitan Reading Council (MRC) is changing its title to Metropolitan Literacy Council (MLC). Nationwide, literacy teachers are realizing that reading is certainly not the only skill involved for participation in the world of literature (online news and information, books, magazines, signs, menus, etc.). But today we know that writing, art images, suggestions from autocorrect, lights and sign shape, and other abilities that are involved in engaging with our world add to deciphering text to help us understand what others mean and to communicate with others.
So, we are following the lead of the now-named International Literacy Association, of which we are participants, to choose a term that more fully embraces the whole of the literate world and changing our identity name to Metropolitan Literacy Council. The term also more fully includes the writing contest that we’ve sponsored for many years, as well as our participation in book drives and supporting author speakers. We are also members of Nebraska’s State Literacy Association (who also recently changed from “Reading Association”) and many MLC members participate in their annual state conference.
Welcome to MLC!
Wilma D. Kuhlman, PhD