About Detroit Reads

In 2008, the Detroit Library Commission approved a Five-year Strategic Plan with a mandate for the Detroit Public Library to address Detroit’s literacy challenges.  We promptly launched a “Detroit Reads!” campaign, mobilizing volunteers, partners, and resources to combat Detroit’s crisis.  Detroit Reads! Program began in late summer, 2008 and was heralded throughout the city with radio announcements and bus signs.

DPL celebrated its first International Literacy Day on September 8, 2008 with hundreds of supportive Detroit residents, local officials, and literacy agencies throughout the city and state.  It was a full day’s program with a keynote speaker, the activist and comedian Dick Gregory.

Program Description
Detroit Public Library’s Detroit Reads! Program is a free, library system-wide initiative that pairs its own trained and certified tutors with adult learners who desire to learn to read or improve their reading skills.  Our tutoring sessions are held at most of the 23 DPL library branches during regular operating hours.  Detroit Reads! Program offers free weekly one-to-one 2-hour tutoring sessions to adults, ages 18 and up, to include first time and emerging readers, challenged readers, and those striving to pass the GED examination.

Current Status
To date, the program has registered and serviced over 600 learners and has trained over 400 tutors.  The success of our program is demonstrated by the number of individuals who passed the GED, TABE test, and raised their grade proficiency levels.  Tutoring sessions are facilitated at the Detroit Public Library's Main Library and its branches throughout the City of Detroit.