For immediate release | November 8, 2013

Upcoming PLA webinar highlights public library and school partnerships for literacy

CHICAGO — When it comes to teaching children how to read, both libraries and schools are crucial educators. What happens when you combine the literacy power of libraries and schools? Find out during the one-hour webinar, “Partners in Literacy: How Schools and Public Libraries Can Work Together” hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. Central time on Dec. 4.

The Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library System and its local Parma School System have piloted a rich partnership to help youth literacy. Join representatives from these organizations to hear how the literacy partnership was established and expanded into after school programming, a homework center, a collaborative approach towards summer reading, an early literacy initiative, and efforts to help students achieve grade level reading standards. Learn how your library can get started on a similar program to impact the youth in your community.

Registration for “Partners in Literacy: How Schools and Public Libraries Can Work Together” costs $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for individual webinars for $129. The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. Central time, Dec. 2.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


Amy Sargent

Marketing and Communications Manager

Public Library Association