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Public Libraries and Literacy: Three Living Partnership Stories

The three stories in this section represent our nascent collection of notable library literacy partnership case studies. Presenting successful community collaboration in story form brings life to the challenging "how to" of community collaboration. Be inspired by Rita Maupin, Dwight McInvaill, and Steve Sumerford through their stories, below!

Connecting with all the Right People: How Political Awareness and Tenacity Pay Off for Literacy

Rita Maupin, Director
Calhoun County Public Library
Blountstown, Florida

Different Issues, Distinctive Approaches: Addressing Literacy in Children and Adults

Dwight McInvaill, Director
Georgetown County Public Library
Georgetown, South Carolina

Getting the Job Done: Making Literacy an Integral Part of Community Services

Steve Sumerford, Assistant Director
Greensboro Public Library
Greensboro, North Carolina

Adult Literacy Assessment Toolkit

The toolkit, field-tested by library literacy programs across the country, is designed to help adult literacy programs build effective and accountable programs while meeting the needs of learners and instructors.

Profile of READ/San Diego

This profile from the Community Partnerships for Adult Learning project of the U.S. Department of Education features READ/San Diego.

What Does Literacy Ready Look Like?

These twenty-nine points from people with experience illustrate what literacy programs and services look like and offer in a public library setting.

Literacy Coalition Profiles

Coalitions from across the country share their experience through individual profiles.


2004 American Library Association.