The Adult Literacy Program of the Azusa Library, in conjunction with the Foothill Learning Alliance, celebrated its volunteers on April 21, 2018, with a “Literacy Heroes-Volunteer Recognition Brunch” at the Azusa Greens Country Club.

Fifteen volunteer instructors and coordinators socialized, enjoyed breakfast, and received a Certificate of Appreciation for another year of selfless service to the community, which they offer in the form of ESL lessons, Citizenship classes, and more. These volunteers dedicate an average of 12 hours each month to help others gain literacy. They were also gifted with a copy of Leslie Odom Jr.’s book Failing Up, which he wrote to encourage his readers to pursue their passions while rising over the rejections that usually precede success. Odom is best known for his performance as Aaron Burr in the now famous musical Hamilton.

This is the second year that the Adult Literacy Program in Azusa has held a special event to celebrate its volunteers. The event allows for camaraderie amongst these like-minded individuals and becomes a source of encouragement for further participation in the program.