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Letter from the President of the
Arkansas Literacy Association


2018-19 is full of new and exciting changes starting with our name change from Arkansas Reading Association to Arkansas Literacy Association. We are still affiliated with the ILA and will continue to dedicate ourselves to promoting reading and writing through professional development, scholarship, and awards opportunities. 

Our 2018 Conference is already in the final stages of planning. The theme this year is Live...Love...Literacy, and our focus is all about the passion that we as literacy leaders have and want to instill in our literacy learners and future leaders. We have a dynamic line up of authors and speakers that you will not want to miss.  

Our new online conference is planned for February as well! There is nothing like getting PD in the comfort of your PJ's. Last year's online  conference started off with a bang, and this one is sure to  be even better!  We hope you are planning to attend both conferences!

I would like to thank ILA for all their assistance during our transition phase! It was a lot of hard work, but they helped us with every step of the process.

ALA welcomes all literacy leaders and we want to encourage new leaders to get involved with us. Each year we have officer positions open and committee chair opportunities, as well. Don't forget about our scholarship, grant, and award opportunities!

I want to thank each and every one that helps ALA to put on our conferences and promotes literacy in local communities, our state, and around the world! You are making a difference in the lives of readers everywhere!


Tara Derby, ALA Chair

Address: 902 Golf View Drive, Searcy, AR 72143
Phone: (501) 940-1172

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