Deaf Literacy Center

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Program Description

The Deaf Literacy Center (DLC) is a countywide library-based literacy program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. This program is a service of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative and serves all of Pinellas County by providing coordinated administrative services for member libraries.

The Deaf Literacy Center provides a bilingual/bicultural learning environment for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals. The DLC offers small group and individualized basic literacy instruction, traditional library and information services, computer literacy, signed storytimes, special workshops and presenters, sign language classes, book discussions, and more.

Deaf Literacy Center
Main Office
Safety Harbor Public Library
101 Second Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Phone: (727) 724-1525 x4120
Video Phone (VP-200): (727) 474-1914
Fax: (727) 724-1533
TDD: (727) 724-1529
For more information, please contact Rosa Rodriguez at rrodriguez@pplc.us

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History

The Deaf Literacy Center began as an effort to provide quality library services to a growing Deaf community in the City of Safety Harbor. The program became a countywide effort in 2000 when the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative began administering the program to residents.

The Florida Association of the Deaf indicates that Tampa Bay, Florida has one of the largest Deaf communities in the country. The area is home to 348,000 Deaf or hearing-impaired people, the largest such community in Florida, which has an estimated 2 million deaf or hearing-impaired. According to the Florida Association of the Deaf, that is the fifth-largest Deaf community in the nation.

Mission Statement

The Deaf Literacy Center creates opportunities for learning, social engagement, early literacy, and community building for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing community.  The DLC meets the unique needs of its users through a variety of accessible services and programs that include ASL classes, group and individualized tutoring, rich cultural experiences, and literacy instruction.

Vision Statement

Through robust community engagement, the Deaf Literacy Center is the hub of accessible programming, resources, and services for Pinellas County residents who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, their families, and other interested individuals.

Locations

Largo Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

Palm Harbor Library
2330 Nebraska Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Pinellas Park Public Library
7770 52nd Street
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Safety Harbor Public Library
(Main Office)
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Pinellas Public Library Cooperative
(Administrative Office)
1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
Tax ID: 59-2994993