LOA in the Community

Library of America aspires to make it easier for readers around the globe to be enriched by America’s enduring literary and historical works. Through community partnerships, as well as educational resources and donated volumes, we help readers near and far to engage in meaningful ways with the nation’s best and most significant writing. Below is a sampling of some of the collaborative initiatives spearheaded by Library of America.

Changing Lives Through Literature

Changing Lives Through Literature is an alternative sentencing program that uses reading and discussion of literary works to help individuals reform their lives. This visionary program—now offered in communities in Massachusetts, Texas, Arizona, Kansas, Connecticut, Maine, New York, and Rhode Island—works to break the cycle of crime by offering offenders an opportunity to educate themselves and, in turn, have their sentences and probation time reduced. Library of America is honored to partner with CLTL and pleased to present a book to every graduate of the program. To date, with support from our donors we have provided nearly 3,000 volumes to offer program participants access to the transformative power of America’s best writing.

The Clemente Course at Bard

The Clemente Course in the Humanities at Bard College offers tuition-free, college-level courses in the humanities to underserved individuals aged 17 and older. Established in 1994 by Earl Shorris, author of New American Blues and Riches for the Poor, the Clemente Course was created to empower economically and educationally disadvantaged young adults to become active and productive members of American society.

Participants receive instruction in humanities disciplines, exploring key moments in American history, as well as masterpieces of literature, philosophy, and the fine arts. Many of the financial barriers to higher education are removed: tuition is free and books, carfare, and childcare are provided. The program, which enrolled its first class in 1994–1995, is named for the site at which students first met, New York’s Roberto Clemente Family Guidance Center.

Since 1999 Library of America has provided approximately 200 books annually to the Clemente Course in the Humanities. Gifts of any size to defray the cost of providing these volumes are welcome and tax deductible.

Gift Sets Program

Library of America offers a special discount to encourage individuals to donate volumes to institutions in their communities, such as a child’s school, an alma mater, or a public library.

A gift of Library of America volumes is 100% tax-deductible and can be made in honor of a friend or family member. This is a wonderful way to recognize an enthusiastic reader or regular patron of a particular library.

Past recipients of gift sets have included public and private schools, colleges, universities, public libraries, prisons, the American Library in Paris, the American Academy in Rome, the Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, New York, the Clemente Course in the Humanities at Bard College, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, among many others.

Volumes given through the Gift Sets Program are discounted to $25 each—30 percent off LOA’s already-discounted retail price—and shipping is free. You may create a Gift Set of any size, from a few volumes to the complete Library of America Series. A handsome bookplate acknowledging your gift will be placed in the front of each volume given.

If you are interested in donating a set of Library of America volumes, please contact Caroline Horn, Director of Institutional Advancement, at support@loa.org or 212-308-3360.

LOA Worldwide

LOA Worldwide is a matching-gift program that sends core collections of classic American writing to libraries, universities, and cultural centers around the world. The goal of the program is to offer new avenues toward a deeper understanding and appreciation of the United States, its history, and its culture.

With support from individual donors and private foundations, LOA Worldwide has provided nearly 1,000 sets of Library of America volumes to countries on every continent, including China, India, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and many more. Gifts to LOA Worldwide are 100% tax-deductible.

If your organization would like to explore a partnership with Library of America to put timeless American writing in the hands of more readers, please contact Caroline Horn, Director of Institutional Advancement, at chorn@loa.org or 212-308-3380.

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