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North Texas students with visual impairments improved their ability to read — and to enjoy books — this summer with the help of a pilot program in Tarrant County.

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Adults learning to read in Dallas will help test apps designed to reduce illiteracy.

It’s part of a global competition to develop mobile applications aimed at adult learners. Dallas is one of three cities nationwide involved in field testing. On Tuesday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings helped launch the local field test.

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Experts say teaching a child how to read at a young age can make a big difference later in life. Last week, Tarrant County education groups held a forum to discuss how to get younger kids to read – and how to get their parents involved.

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In Fort Worth public schools, just three out of every 10 third graders are reading at grade level. That’s a problem the school district, city and business community is trying to fix. They’ve just formed a coalition to boost literacy.

KERA visited one elementary school that’s been touted as a model for the district.

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Dallas’ Jubilee Park Community Center, which was featured in last year’s KERA series ‘Inside A Neighborhood,’ runs an after school and summer program for local kids.

The students who attend have made major strides in reading over the past year.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

A new initiative underway at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital is giving away free bilingual books to moms who’ve just given birth. The plan is to give away as many as 14,000 books this year.

StoryCorps

The StoryCorps MobileBooth is in Dallas, and for the next few weeks, we’ll hear some of the stories being shared by North Texans. 

George Brister moved to Dallas from New Orleans when he was 17. He worked various jobs for years, but could never get ahead because he didn’t know how to read or write.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

No late fees, no due dates and no shushing librarians. Those are just some of the perks of the Little Free Libraries program. Several of them are popping up in neighborhoods across Dallas this summer.

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them" -- Mark Twain.

Dr. John Miller, the author of the America's Most Literate Cities study, which ranked 77 of the nation's largest cities by six groupings of criteria, said that Twain quote perfectly encapsulates his attitude toward literacy.