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The Queen Bee Spelling Bee & Drag Show

The 25th annual Spelling Bee, The Queen Bee, benefiting The Literacy Council of Buncombe County will be held Thursday April 14, 2016 at The Millroom, 6-9pm

This isn’t your average spelling bee! Twelve teams of three adults each will compete in the most spirited and outrageous word challenge of their lives -- with drag show entertainment at intermission by Chartreuse and Ms. Blue Ridge Pride 2015: Ida Carolina! 

Participating teams must have both spelling and concentration skills in order to disregard the pandemonium caused by the costumed, cheering audience, drag queens raising funds for teams to "cheat," and the comedy of emcee David Ostergaard.

Audience tickets are only $10! ON SALE NOW!

Audience members can win spelling and costume prizes, so come prepared to laugh and be part of the outrageous Spelling Bee fun.

Your ticket purchase helps! Did you know that one in 10 adults in Buncombe County cannot read at a basic level? Your $10 audience ticket supports Literacy Council students as they improve their reading, writing, spelling, and English language skills.



Sunday May 1, 2-3pm
Barnes & Noble Book Fair benefiting the Literacy Council and a reading and signing with award winning local author Sarah Loudin Thomas.

Sarah has written Miracle in a Dry Season and Until the Harvest. Her third novel, A Tapestry of Secrets will be released in just a few months and can be pre-ordered at Barnes & Noble.

“Once in a while a new author comes along with a work that makes you sit up and take notice. Thomas has crafted a tale of this proportion.” – Library Journal starred review

10% of all purchases made in stores April 29 - May 3, with the Literacy Council voucher, will benefit Literacy Council programming. This includes any purchases in the cafe on May 1.

In addition, online purchases until April 29 - May 8 are also eligible. So please share the vouchers far & wide. Shop for Mother's Day, heck, shop for next Christmas!


The Literacy Council of Buncombe County Sunday May 1, 1-3pm Barnes & Noble Asheville Mall – 3 S. Tunnel Road Bookfair ID 11827862

You can use the Bookfair ID to shop online from anywhere and it will benefit the Council.

To get your voucher please click here.


Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Launch Party: Recap!

November 21st was a busy day in downtown Asheville, with the Holiday Parade, JingleFest and the Literacy Council's own launch of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. The launch was a great success, with a full turnout of families eager to pick up free books, eat pizza, make crafts, and sign up for the program.

The Imagination Library is the Literacy Council's newest program, supported by the Buncombe Partnership for Children. The program provides children ages 0-5 with a free, age-appropriate book in the mail every month. The Imagination Library, while over twenty years old, is new to greater Buncombe County and we are excited to have filled the 200 slots we have available. We will continue accepting registrations for our waiting list. You can see more photos from the event on our Facebook page here.

Consider making a gift to support one of the 200 children in the Imagination Library. A gift of $85 will enroll one child in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library for one year, which includes educational workshops for the child's parents.


Make A Difference Day

Make A Difference Day 2015

Saturday, October 24th marked 2015's Make A Difference Day, a nationwide service day facilitated by AmeriCorps. Our AmeriCorps member Mary Elizabeth Borkowski partnered with another AmeriCorps member, Frances Watson, to conduct a book drive for the Little Libraries initiative spreading through Asheville. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina has partnered with the Residents Council of the Asheville Housing Authority and Read 2 Succeed to sprinkle these repurposed newspaper boxes throughout various housing developments and keep them flush with a great selection of children's and young adult books. You can read more about the initiative and contributing partners here.

Here at the Literacy Council we are excited to have sponsored a Little Library at the Klondyke Apartment Homes in Montford. With the help of Mary Elizabeth, Frances, and a handful of volunteers from UNC-Asheville, we were able to collect more than enough books for the Little Library. We want to extend a great thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Residents Council, Read 2 Succeed, and LCBC volunteers who donated books for making the day a success. We hope to sponsor more Little Library boxes in the future and make sure books are getting to kids who have the desire and will to read.


Volunteer Tutor Orientation and Training Schedule

Download a PDF file showing dates and time for tutor orientation sessions and tutor training classes for Adult Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).   Classes fill up fast.   Schedule your seat today via e-mail to or by calling 828-254-3442, ext 204.  

Volunteer Schedule


Events Archives

David Baldacci

2015 Authors for Literacy
Dinner & Silent Auction
New York Times Bestselling Author
David Baldacci

Sept. 11, 2015
Renaissance Asheville Hotel

David Baldacci has published 29 best-selling novels for adults as well as four novels for younger readers, with 110 million books in print worldwide. David Baldacci’s first novel, Absolute Power (1996), was an international bestseller and was adapted into a film of the same name starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. David Baldacci wrote the screen play adaptation of his novel Wish You Well (2013) and it was just released on Blue-Ray and DVD.


2015 Spelling Bee "You Won't Bee-lieve It!"

Spelling Bee 2015

Winner: The Diadasias from Warren Wilson


2014 Authors for Literacy Dinner and Silent Auction featuring James Patterson

2014 Authors for Literacy featuring James Patterson

Literacy Council Staff with James Patterson


2014 Spelling Bee, "Bee in Harmony"

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Winner: Malaprops team Triceraprops


2013 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Charles Frazier

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Brian Lee Knopp on the left, who interviewed Charles; Charles Frazier on the right

Click here to listen to Charles Frazier on the 8/3/13 episode of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me.


2013 Spelling Bee, "Bring it to the Bee"

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Click here to read a full recap of the event written by Megan Northcote.

Winner: Warren Wilson Diadasias


2012 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Jill Conner Browne
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The staff with Jill Conner Browne


2010 Spelling Bee: Who wants to be a Spellionaire?
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Winner: Givens Estates Golden Spelers


2011 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Ron Rash

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2010 Spelling Bee Renovation.

May 2010 marked the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s 20th annual Spelling Bee Spellebration. We aspired for the Spelling Bee to be successful for another 20 years and therefore took a one-year hiatus for event development.

2010 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring John Hart

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2010 Spelling Bee

Winner: The Spellbinders



2009 Author’s for Literacy Dinner and Silent Auction featuring Sara Gruen

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2009 Spelling Bee










2008, 1st Annual, Authors for Literacy – An Evening in Eastern Europe