Literacy for All: Adult Literacy @ your library - Tell your Library's Literacy Story

Literacy for All: Adult Literacy @ your library toolkit

Tell your Library's Literacy Story

Tell your library’s literacy story every step of the way. Talk with the library administration, the trustees,  your colleagues, community partners, and the media. Submit stories to the library newsletter, the local newspaper, electronic media, and public service announcements (PSAs) on the radio, local cable channel, or PBS station. Use stories, learner  and tutor testimonials, and numbers to demonstrate the impact of your library’s literacy program. Include information about:  

  • Your collection, your programs, and your outreach services
    • Feature new resources
    • Share circulation numbers
  • Feature adult learners—remember, everyone has a story to tell
    • What’s their literacy story? 
    • Why did they come to the library?
  • Acknowledge and thank your partners
    • Who are they?
    • What do they contribute? 
    • Where would you be without them? 

“Libraries are the heart of the community, the cornerstone of democracy, the people’s university. But it is literacy – the ability to read, write, and communicate – that opens the doors that reveal the voices of the past and the promise of tomorrow.”
Dale P. Lipschultz, Ph.D., Literacy Officer, ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services