Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

Mike Morgan and Larry Romans offer up to $15,000 in match challenge to grow the Stonewall Book Awards

CHICAGO — During the Stonewall Book Awards Brunch at ALA’s 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago, Mike Morgan and Larry Romans announced that they will match contributions of $25 or more ($10 for text donations) to the Stonewall Book Awards up to $15,000 in a year-long effort to grow the Stonewall Book Awards Endowment Fund. Donations to the endowment will be matched from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. 

Elturk honored as EMIERT Distinguished Librarian at Annual Conference, donates award to organizations

CHICAGO — Ghada Elturk, outreach librarian at the Boulder (Colo.) Public Library, was honored at ALA Annual Conference as the 2013 recipient of the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. Given biennially, the award recognizes a librarian for outstanding achievement and leadership in serving the community by significant collection building and outreach services and developing creative multicultural materials and programs.

2013 Diversity & Outreach Fair celebrates creating integrated and meaningful experiences for people with disabilities

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) has selected 27 presentations for the 2013 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p .m. on Saturday, June 29 in the Special Events area of Hall A1 at McCormick Place during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.  

USCIS panel discussion to highlight immigrant civic integration efforts in local libraries at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — During this year’s American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will convene a panel discussion to explore the important role public libraries play in serving immigrant communities throughout the United States.

Roy to present 2013 Coleman Lecture

CHICAGO - Dr. Loriene Roy, professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and past-president of the American Library Association (ALA), will deliver the 2013 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. Monday, July 1 during ALA’s 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago, in room n427a of McCormick Place.   

Nation observes National Bookmobile Day @ your library

CHICAGO – The tightening of belts across the U.S. has almost everyone looking for ways to cut costs.  With entertainment being one of the first targets, your local library is driving to the rescue – literally – as bookmobiles are racing into communities bringing education, entertainment and enlightenment wherever they go.  Those communities will take time on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to celebrate these heroes on wheels during National Bookmobile Day @ your library.

Ideas on removing barriers to all, diversity in action initiatives sought for 2013 Diversity and Outreach Fair

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) is seeking proposals for the 2013 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

2013 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants to help schools, public libraries expand and enhance collections

CHICAGO – The Jefferson County Library in Fayette, Miss., Talahi Elementary School in St. Cloud, Minn. and Tap In Leadership Academy in Champaign, Ill. have been selected as recipients of the 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Free webinar to highlight ways to build meaningful library experiences for those experiencing poverty and homelessness

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) will host a webinar expanding on the tips and tools in “Extending our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement,” the latest outreach toolkit from OLOS and SRRT. This webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Central time on Thursday, March 21 and is free and open to all who are interested in transforming libraries by building meaningful library experiences for all, especially poor and homeless patrons. 

National Bookmobile Day 2013 materials now available

CHICAGO — Materials for National Bookmobile Day 2013 are now available for download at These free and customizable resources will help libraries plan festivities for the fourth annual celebration of National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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