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Adult Learners Can Sign Up for XPRIZE Competition

Improve your reading on your phone! The Los Angeles Public Library is participating in an innovative new program that focuses on boosting literacy skills of adult learners through apps on their mobile phones.

The seven million dollar Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a competition that challenges teams of developers (software, game and app), educators, engineers and innovators to create mobile literacy learning applications for adult learners.

We are hosting more than 60 sign-up events at our libraries to assess and register qualified adult learners to help test the eight semi-finalist XPRIZE literacy apps, which must demonstrate that they can substantially improve the literacy proficiency of adults reading at or below a third-grade level within a 12-month period.

To participate, adult learners must speak English or Spanish, take a brief assessment to determine if they qualify and have an Android smartphone. Those enrolled in the XPRIZE program can continue to take part in other literacy programs, including tutoring at the library.

For more information, call the Office of Education and Literacy at 213-228-7540.

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