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Virtual Displays: International Literacy Day 2022

This guide showcases eBook versions of physical displays at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

YouTube video by UNESCO

What is International Literacy Day?

"Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with 771 million illiterate people around the world, most of whom women, who still lack basic reading and writing skills and are faced with increased vulnerability.

Rapidly changing global context took a new meaning over the past years, hampering the progress of global literary efforts. In the aftermath of the pandemic, nearly 24 million learners might never return to formal education, out of which, 11 million are projected to be girls and young women. To ensure no one is left behind, we need to enrich and transform the existing learning spaces through an integrated approach and enable literacy learning in the perspective of lifelong learning."

--UNESCO International Literacy Day 2022 Event Information

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian writer, poet, and critic who is considered to be a dominate figure of modern African literature.

Below you can find some of his works that we have access to at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

(Photo from The Paris Review)

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer whose works have largely drawn from the Biafran war in Nigeria during the 1960s.

Below you can find some of her works that we have access to at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

(Photo from the BBC)

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Khaled HosseiniKhaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-American writer, former physician, and UNHCR goodwill ambassador.

Below you can find some of his works that we have access to at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

(Photo from Hosseini's Twitter profile)

Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs was an American-Canadian journalist, writer, and activist whose studies focused on urban studies, sociology, and economics.

Below you can find some of her works that we have access to at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

(Photo from Wikipedia)

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Clarice Lispector 

Clarice Lispector was a Ukrainian-born Brazilian writer most known internationally for her novels and short stories, and she is often recognized as a prominent Jewish author.

(Photo from the Jewish Women's Archive)

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian writer, screenwriter, and journalist known as Gabo or Gabito throughout Latin America.

Below you can find some of his works that we have access to at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library. 

(Photo from The Evanston Public Library)

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Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is an English writer and screenwriter who has been featured on many lists recognizing him as one of the most influential British voices.

Below you can find some of his works that we have access to at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

(Photo from Wikipedia)

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a bestselling Japanese writer whose works have been translated into 50 languages and seen success internationally.

Below you can find some of his works that we have access to at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

(Photo from his Goodreads profile)

Alexander Pushkin

Alexander Pushkin was a poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic Era generally considered to be the greatest Russian poet and founder of modern Russian literature.

(Photo from Wikipedia)

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson is an American journalist and the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism.

(Photo from Wilkerson's Twitter profile)

Someone reading with information on how to get involved in literacy efforts: donate books to local classrooms or libraries, gift a book to someone, tutor someone in your community, start a book club, fund a student, volunteer at a local institution