Rio Vista Library of the Rural Schools Education Program & Scholarship Foundation
Serving the Students and Community of El Paso County, Texas
Rio Vista Library City of Socorro, Texas
901 N. Rio Vista Socorro, TX 79927
Socorro Community ~
Thank you for the invitation to participate in the building of the Rio Vista Library. Our goal is to provide free access to library materials and resources, internet access, GED prep, tutoring, and community engagement in public education.
The Rio Vista Library is the only library in the valley, not attached to a school, allowing students and families to fully utilize library services outside of El Paso City limits.
NATIONAL - The 5 Least Literate Cities in America Each year, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) examines how well Americans use their literacy skills. The cities are ranked based on six categories: bookstores, residents’ educational attainment, newspaper circulation, use of online resources, the library system, and periodical publishing resources. El Paso is ranked 4th least literate, 2014; 3rd least literate, 2013. http://time.com/9549/the-5-least-literate-cities-in-america/
GLOBAL - Human benefits “The human benefits from literature are related to factors such as the improved self-esteem, empowerment, creativity and critical reflection that participation in adult literacy programmes and the practice of literacy may produce. Human benefits are intrinsically valuable and may also be instrumental in realizing other benefits of literacy: improved health, increased political participation and so on.” http://www.unesco.org/education/GMR2006/full/chapt5_eng.pdf
GLOBAL - World Economic Forum on the Global Gender Gap Report, 2015 Nations with the least inequality also have the highest literacy levels, wage equality, more women in elected office, longer life expectancy, and higher GDP. The United States ranks #28 on the GGGR 2015. https://www.weforum.org/reports/global-gender-gap-report-2015/