19 years of literacy development in Over-the-Rhine!

Reading in a Bookstore


A new pilot program:

Children's Literacy Project

We have been all about adult literacy for nearly 20 years now, and this year we are excited to announce that Dr. Angela Kinney will launch a summer reading pilot program for 1st through 3rd graders right here at the OTR Learning Center. 


Dr. Kinney is the founder of Roebling Reading:

I have 20 years of teaching experience in elementary and univeristy settings. I am also a researcher who has published articles in international journals and presented at national conferences. Too many children are taught to read and write using methods that are not based in scientifically proven research. They struggle through no fault of their own. These struggles all too often turn into hating school, behavior problems, and falling behind in other subjects. We can work together to keep this from happening. 

And we will help her to reach young students at risk with her weekly Orton-Gillingham instruction. The OTR Learning Center is providing the space in our site for Dr. Kinney to run her pilot project under our auspices. 

Please donate below and/or reach out directly to her via her email to learn more details: otrlc.childlit@yahoo.com


Dr. Angela Kinney:
PhD in Literacy, University of Cincinnati
Orton-Gillingham Trained Reading Instructor
Licensed Teacher, Ohio and Kentucky

Use the dropdown menu in Paypal to direct your donation to the Children's Literacy Project.

We have stayed the course!  

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We are nothing if not flexible at the OTRLC! We kept pivoting during the many months of the pandemic and kept a small base of students on track through all the creavitve means we could muster. We mailed or personally dropped off homework packets, kept in touch by phone, did Facetime sessions, and even some off-site, outdoor (masked) sessions. Then, thanks to donations in early 2020, we were able to reopen the Learning Center for some in-person learning after Labor Day with appropriate health and safety considerations. 


In addition to the  helpful donations of individuals, we thank Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and Augsburg Lutheran Church of Cincinnati, and Faith Lutheran Church, Mt. Vernon, OH, for their  generous donations which helped us stay afloat during challenging times. 


New donations will keep us poised for new possibilities in 2022! On behalf of our current thankful students, and those who await our life-changing services, we thank you!

We  give special recognition to recent nsolicited grant awards from :
Mary M. McGee Foundation
   Fifth Third Bank, Trustee
Article 25 (street paper),
     Greg Flannery

Over-the-Rhine Community Housing is hosting us rent-free in one of their buildings, 1500 Elm Street, Suite 3.
The people at this organization recognize the value of their residents having an easy inroad to improved literacy and computer literacy skills. We so value their partnership with us and their amazing commitment to the OTR community. We hope you do, too.

To provide easy access for adults in the Over-the-Rhine area to achieve their literacy and life goals in an environment sensitive to their unique challenges.

1) Basic Reading Program and

2) Bridge to GED Program


We are unique: we offer one-to-one

tutoring in both program levels, and our:

3) Intro to Computers

For questions
or to apply,
call 513-421-3265 




Over-the-Rhine LEARNING CENTER: 1500 Elm Street, Suite 3, Cincinnati, OH  45202
513.421.3265 / otrlearningcenter@yahoo.com

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