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Literacy for All: Adult Literacy @ your library toolkit


ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

Click on “Adult New and Non-Readers” for information, statistics, best practices, and resources. 
ALA Committee on Literacy
Click on “ALA & Council Committees,” then “Literacy” for information on committee charge, policies, structure, current roster, and committee documents. 
ALA Family Literacy Focus
Family Literacy Focus is an initiative to encourage and inspire families in ethnically diverse communities to read and learn together. These sustainable and replicable library-based family literacy programs emphasize oral and written traditions and promote reading, writing, and storytelling.
The American Dream Starts @ your library
Resources and information for serving English language learners from the American Dream Starts @ your library, a grant initiative from ALA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Information and resources on the promotion of literacy, including advocacy, professional development, educational materials, and other resources. 
California Library Literacy Services
A wealth of resources within the “Staff” section, including a Marketing Toolkit, Roles & Goals Curriculum, and Assessment and Accountability Resources, and the “Learner” section, including Great Books book reviews authored by adult learners.  
DC Public Library 
Adult Literacy Resource Center
Information on the library’s programs focused on adult literacy, including the downloadable “A Feel for Books-Book Discussions for Adult Developing Readers: A Resource Manual.”
Florida Library Literacy Tip Sheets
Useful  information about  starting, funding, managing and marketing a library literacy program.   
Illinois State Library 
Adult Literacy Volunteer Tutor Training
A model web-based training program for literacy volunteers.
Illinois State Library
How to Start an Adult Volunteer Literacy Program
A manual with detailed information on the initiation and implementation of a volunteer literacy program, including information on assessing community need, recruiting and testing adult learners, and program finance.
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Literacy Resource Office
Dedicated to Oklahoma’s outstanding local literacy programs, dedicated literacy volunteers, and exceptional adult learners, this site features several valuable publications, including a Literacy Resource Manual and Adult Learner Handbook.  
Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations
Information, resources, and tools for trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations. 
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Resources and grant opportunities for non-profit agencies and institutions to expand literacy programs for youth and adults.  
Institute for Museum and Library Services
Federal-level information, research, policy development, and grant opportunities for libraries.
LINCS Grant Database
U.S. Department of Education Literacy Information and Communication System, offering a number of professional development opportunities, trainings, and  workshops.
Federal Grants
U.S. government portal  to find and apply for federal grants. 
Foundation Center
Comprehensive worldwide database of funding opportunities from a variety of  philanthropic organizations.

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