2015 Bright Idea
City of Worcester, MA
Innovations in American Government Awards

One City, One Library (OCOL) is a dynamic public-private partnership focused on improving literacy skills citywide. OCOL broke down cross-department barriers by focusing on a common goal: providing equitable access to resources for both students and neighborhoods in a city where 59 percent of children fail to read at grade-level. This initiative has strengthened the crucial working relationships between the city, the Worcester Public Schools, and the Worcester Public Library. The singular focus on improving early literacy has galvanized the community, and organizations have provided programming, volunteers, and over $1.5 million for sites designed to address unique needs of the neighborhoods and to involve the public in achieving literacy goals.