About Literacy

“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.”
– Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations

Book ShelvesLiteracy—The ability to understand, interpret, create, communicate, and compute using printed and written materials. A continuum of learning that enables individuals to achieve goals, develop knowledge and potential, and participate fully in society. (from the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)

As our world relies more and more on technology, and society is bombarded with text in a wide array of formats, the ability to read is more critical than ever. Children who fall behind when learning to read often become adults with literacy problems. Learning to read as an adult can be a challenging process due to work, family, and other pressing commitment—however, the rewards can be life changing. As one adult learner wrote, “I’ve changed for the better and I’ve come a long way. I read with confidence. I feel better about myself. I see myself as a different person, still being challenged, but now working through it, not running away like before.”

ODL partners with libraries, non-profits and other organizations across Oklahoma to promote literacy.



For Kids & Young Adults

For Adults

For All Ages


Find Literacy Services near you!

Literacy Programs Map


Important Literacy Dates


March 2:  Read Across America Day


Annual Observance of National Financial Literacy Month

April 10–16, 2016:  National Volunteer Week


Annual Observance of National Literacy Month

September 8:  Annual Observance International Literacy Day


Annual Observance of Health Literacy Month

Annual Observance of LD Awareness Month


Annual Observance of Family Literacy Month

November 1:  National Family Literacy Day

Also check out the Reading, Writing & Celebration page.