Authors for Literacy VIP Tickets

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Would you like to spend one-on-one time with Wiley and Cliff Cash? You can, by purchasing VIP tickets today!

Here are just a few pictures from past VIP receptions.

This reception will include the opportunity to spend one-on-one time taking pictures and talking with the keynote and emcee. VIP guests will also enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine at the Renaissance Hotel Top of the Plaza — one of downtown Asheville’s most spectacular viewpoints. VIP passes cost $500 and include two general admission tickets to the Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction, as well as two tickets to the VIP reception.

Purchase tickets online

For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, contact LuAnn Arena at 828-254-3442 x206 or email: luann@litcouncil.com

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Auction Item Sneak Peek

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Broken Road Studio artist and owner Phil DeAngelo has contributed to the Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction for the last five years. “Compelled,” featured here, is one of nearly 100 items that will be up for bidding to raise funds for Literacy Council programs at the 2016 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Wiley Cash.

Phil and his wife Tina are further supporting the Literacy Council this week at The Wedge Studios art series, The Visual Word. Twenty three Wedge artists have been paired with local and nationally acclaimed poets to create a stimulating new show. A percentage of proceeds collected from sales will go to the Literacy Council of Buncombe County. This will be the Wedge Studios second in a series of themed shows which opens August 11th, 2016. In a building that turns 100 years old this year, The Wedge Studios has become one of the premier stops in the River Arts District. As the district grows, the artists of The Wedge continue to celebrate and showcase the talent of their building.


The Poem & The Picture Opening Reception
When: August 11th, 2016 5 – 7:30 pm
Where: Broken Road Studio & Hofman Studios (111 – 115 Roberts Street, Asheville)
Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Preview Additional Auction Items

Regardless of personal tastes or styles, Authors for Literacy guests will find something to pique their interest at the 2016 silent auction. 

Travel

A seven night vacation from RTX  Travel and Xchange

Dining

Metro Wines tasting for eight

Entertainment

Two tickets to Flat Rock Playhouse 2016/2017

Experiences

Two one-day passes to Dollywood

Literature

Authors for Literacy Package with an autographed book by every Authors for Literacy featured author

Fine Art

“Miracles #32” by Jonas Gerard

Wearable Art

Poshaq scarf  and Leni Hoch bias cut scarf from Bellagio

Functional Art

Ceramic bacon cooker from the New Morning Gallery

 

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WLOS Features Citizenship Program

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On July 14, WLOS aired a story on the increased number of people seeking citizenship during this election year. The five-minute segment features a Literacy Council student, volunteer tutor, and our ESOL Director, Erin Sebelius.

The Literacy Council has offered a citizenship preparation option for almost ten years, and our students have a 100% success rate on the U.S. Naturalization Exam. This year, there is renewed motivation in casting one’s vote. “They have to hear your voice and your voice is your vote,” says Noe Herrera, who recently passed the exam.
 
The Literacy Council’s ESOL director, Erin Sebelius, said, “I think people are afraid, I do. … I can’t say how they’re going to vote but they’re Latinos, they’re immigrants, and they want to vote for a reason.”
 
Generally, there are spikes in citizenship applications during any election year. 

Learn More

Watch the video above and click here to read the accompanying article.
Click here to learn about the Literacy Council’s English for Speakers of Other Languages program.
 

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Early Literacy Workshop: July 29, 2016

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library families participated in an Early Literacy Workshop at Pack Library on Friday, July 29.

Workshop Focus

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Workshops focus on a different pre-school age each session. Friday’s workshop, the fourth in the series, was geared toward developing early literacy skills for children aged 3-5 years old. Children and their families learned about the importance of the Five Ws and One H: “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” “how.”

“[My son] had a great time – he loved making the story, getting to sing the songs, playing the musical instrument … and the pepperoni pizza!!”

Literacy Activities

Children practiced using these important building-block words in the following ways: 

  • Learning how to say the words in sign language
  • Playing instruments and singing a song about the Five Ws and One H
  • Composing stories as a group using the Five Ws and One H
  • Creating a story individually using the Five Ws and One H

The workshop included a free lunch and ended with literacy game stations, such as alphabet bean bag toss, color puzzles, and building blocks.

“Thanks for hosting us!  We’ve been practicing our sign language at home.”

Workshop Gallery

Learn More

Email volunteers@litcouncil.com to learn about how you can get involved with the Literacy Council’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. 

 

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Join the Literacy Council Team in 2016/17

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Update Aug. 9, 2016: This position has been filled.

successes-2014-june2Are you looking for the opportunity to make a difference? The Literacy Council has an exciting opportunity to join our team for a year! Apply today to become the Literacy Council’s next Recruitment and Awareness Coordinator through AmeriCorps.
 

Position Description

Join AmeriCorps and “get things done”! Become a NC LiteracyCorps member at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County and improve literacy and English language skills in our community.

NC LiteracyCorps members provide literacy tutoring to youth and adults while building program capacity through volunteer tutor management. The LiteracyCorps member working with the Literacy Council of Buncombe County will have the opportunity to:

  • provide direct service tutoring,
  • recruit and orient volunteers,
  • recruit and support students,
  • develop and enhance community partnerships,
  • conduct visibility campaigns, and
  • participate in national days of service.

The Literacy Council’s NC LiteracyCorps member will begin in late August 2016 and complete his/her service year in July 2017. Over the course of the year, the member will become an integral part of the Literacy Council’s full-time team, providing 1700 hours of service.

AmeriCorps LogoBenefits to the Member

NC LiteracyCorps members receive a living allowance of up to $12,300 and qualify for limited health insurance reimbursements. Upon completion of requirements, they are eligible to receive an educational award of $5,775. NC LiteracyCorps members receive training in volunteer management, literacy issues, tutoring strategies, diversity, and leadership skills. The member placed with the Literacy Council will also have a professional development stipend to participate in conferences and seminars throughout the service year.

Qualifications

To serve with the NC LiteracyCorps, the member must:

  • be at least 17 years old
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • successfully pass statewide and national criminal background checks
  • be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States

Preferred qualifications are:

  • a deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged adults and youth and/or those who are from other cultures
  • excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, and members of the community
  • outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • a working knowledge of office technology including Microsoft Office suites
  • ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • creative, strategic thinker with excellent organizational skills and ability to track deadlines
  • available to work occasional evenings
 

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