Libraries official lends voice to fight against ‘silent epidemic’

Oklahomans look for ways to help end the cycle of illiteracy.

BY BRYAN PAINTER Published: April 29, 2012
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You’ve likely heard the cliche “as quiet as a library.”

Many readers read silently. However, others are silent because they can’t read.

Leslie Gelders is the director of the Office of Literacy Resources at the state Department of Libraries. She has been involved with the fight against illiteracy in a professional and volunteer capacity since 1987.

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