Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara Inc. will open a drop-in center Thursday at the Lackawanna Public Library.
The group hopes that drop-in centers will increase public awareness of literacy services available for those learning to read and decrease the length of time new learners must wait before they begin working with a tutor.
At the present time, demand for literacy services far exceeds Literacy New York's capacity, said group officials. And with the City of Buffalo's 30 percent functional illiteracy rate 10 percentage points higher than the national average, Literacy New York is looking to open more drop-in centers.
The new Lackawanna center will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the library at 560 Ridge Road. Those interesting in tutoring in Lackawanna may call Marco Notaro at 876-8991 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tutors must be at least age 21 with a high school diploma.