Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

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 www.ala.org/bookmobiles. These free and customizable resources will help libraries plan festivities for the fourth annual celebration of National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Michelle Harrell Washington appointed director of ALA's Office for Diversity, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

CHICAGO — Mary W. Ghikas, senior associate executive director, ALA, has announced that Michelle Harrell Washington has been appointed the new director, Office for Diversity (OFD) and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the American Library Association, effective Feb. 11, 2013. 

ALA will continue funding the American Dream Starts @ your library®

CHICAGO – Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) will continue funding the American Dream Starts @ your library®, a literacy initiative for adult English language learners and their families.

ALA announces latest American Dream Starts @ your library® grant recipients

CHICAGO — Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) will continue funding the American Dream Starts @ your library®, a literacy initiative for adult English language learners and their families.  

Dr. Jeanne Theoharis to keynote celebration of Dr. King’s enduring legacy

CHICAGO — Jeanne Theoharis, professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, will keynote the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The celebration will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 in room 611-614 of the Washington State Convention Center.

Nominations of library professionals, educators sought for 2013 CSK–Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2012.

New OLOS toolkit provides powerful new tools for library service to poor and homeless populations

CHICAGO — “Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness through Library Engagement,” the latest toolkit from the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) is now available as a free print or digital edition.

Developed by the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, “Extending Our Reach” offers tips, tools, resources, model programs, best practices and much more to assist librarians and library staffers in creating meaningful library services for people who are experiencing homelessness.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews support for 'The American Dream Starts @ your library'

Grants will increase literacy resources for adult English language learners

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA), with generous support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is offering a third round of “The American Dream Starts @ your library®” literacy grants to add or improve literacy services at public libraries nationwide.

Digital supplement highlights libraries’ successes in serving adult English language learners

CHICAGO — A new digital supplement to American Libraries magazine out today tells the story of how libraries make a difference in the lives of adult English language learners and their families. 

The supplement  features libraries that received grant funding through the American Dream Starts @ your library project, and is released on the heels of an announcement that 50 new libraries will be eligible for American Dream grants in 2012.

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