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 The Alabama Literacy Association (ALA) is the local affiliate of the International Literacy Association. Our mission is to transform lives through literacy. Our mission is fulfilled through the work of our committees and local councils around the state.

  ALA received its charter from the International Reading Association in May 1968. Two local councils received their charters from IRA prior to the creation of ARA: Metro-Mobile in 1959 and Birmingham Area in 1964.

We were formerly known as the Alabama Reading Association (ARA).

2021 Conference: The Joy of Literacy

Thank you for a wonderful 53rd Annual ALA Conference, Nov. 4-5th.  Our outstanding speakers included  Jan Burkins, Sara Holbrook, Michael Salinger, and Kelly Boswell.  We also recognized ALA's Alabama Author of the Year,  Irene Latham.  Thanks to conference chair Dr. Janet Bavonese and her committee for planning a wonderful celebration of the Joy of Literacy!

ALA 30 UNDER 30!!!

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ALA is delighted to launch a new committee, Early Career Educators, supporting our new teachers. Led by Dr. Lynn Kirkland, former Dean of the UAB School of Education, this committee will provide powerful support, encouragement and networking for teachers in the first five years of their career.

This committee will also lead a new ALA initiative, 30 Under 30, recognizing 30 beginning teachers for their impact on student learning. For more information or to join as a new teacher or to mentor new teachers, please contact Dr. Kirkland at

Congratulations ALA! 

2020 International Literacy Association's

Award of Excellence Recipient

"The Award of Excellence is presented annually by the International Literacy Association to state and provincial chapters that have distinguished themselves through organizing and implementing a wide range of programs and activities in their state or province that (a) serve and support chapters and members, (b) contribute to education, and (c) coincide with and support ILA's programs and goals." - ILA Website

This is the 32nd year ALA has been awarded this prestigious honor.  The Award represents the dedication to literacy in the state at the local and state level.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible!  Let's start working on #33!!

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