Literacy and Outreach Services

Growing with reading is fundamental!In 2013, the Ardmore Public Library was awarded two literacy grants to promote literacy and expand access to literacy resources in Ardmore. Part of the initiative for these grants included creating new literacy and outreach services at the Ardmore Public Library.

Our program incorporates the use of new technology to teach various classes and work with other literacy programs in the area to expand the community’s access to literacy. The program also focuses on community outreach to bring more people into the library and to bring the library out into the community of Ardmore.

The library continues to place a strong emphasis on literacy and outreach services as a way to make a positive impact in Ardmore and the surrounding areas. Our ultimate hope is that by expanding access to literacy, we will be making people’s lives better.

Literacy Services Offered

  • photos of literacy services offeredCitizenship classes
  • Computer classes
  • English Language Learning (ELL) classes
  • Spanish classes
  • TOEFL prep tutoring

Outreach Events & Programs

  • children at outreach story hourBilingual Story Time (Library and offsite)
  • Author visits to area schools
  • Beanstack reading challenges
  • Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros (Kids Day/Book Day)
  • Kids Day at the Park
  • Literacy Day in the Park
  • Star Reader Summer Reading Program


Therevolunteers are many opportunities to participate in our program, whether it be through volunteering,  donating funds to support our services, or attending the classes as a student.  Each of  these roles will make a positive impact for all involved in the learning process.  If you know someone that would benefit from our program then please refer them. For more information on any of our services, events, programs or opportunities, contact Elizabeth Ibarra Gaylor.


Elizabeth Ibarra GaylorElizabeth Ibarra Gaylor, Literacy & Outreach Librarian

Ardmore Public Library
320 E Street NW
Ardmore, OK 73401

Located in the Literacy Lab inside the library.

Student Resources

Literacy Resources - Links

Ardmore Literacy Leadership

The library is a board member in Ardmore Literacy Leadership, a coalition of literacy partners in Ardmore.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The library has received funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support our services and programs over the years.

New Dimension Literacy Council

Serving communities in Carter and Love counties of Oklahoma by providing free essential adult literacy skills and tools.

National Literacy Directory

This site will find Literacy programs in your area to help with English, Financial Literacy, GED, and learning to read.

Oklahoma Department of Libraries - Literacy Resource Office

This site is dedicated to Oklahoma's outstanding local literacy programs, dedicated literacy volunteers, and exceptional adult learners.


The Ardmore Public Library is a proud member of ProLiteracy and has received funding from ProLiteracy to support our services and programs.

Literacy & Outreach Services Funders