Operation Literacy’s goal is to encourage and assist children as they embark on the path of reading; our membership works in various ways to help students achieve this goal. Members volunteer with the Better Basic program in schools and tutor weekly at Shades Cahaba Elementary School in Homewood to support the English Learner teacher. The Book Nook at the Shops of Assistance League provides donated books to customers as an inexpensive avenue to acquire valuable reading material.

Assistance League was named a 2013 National Make A Difference Day Award Honoree in recognition of collecting 113,101 books in a nationwide chapter drive. Locally, Assistance League of Birmingham collected over 1,000 books for donation in 2013.