About Us

Our History

Serving Buncombe County for over 25 years.

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County was created in 1987 as a merger of two leading adult literacy organizations – Altrusa of Asheville and the Asheville-Buncombe Literacy Council.   Since our beginning over twenty years ago, we have continued to grow programming and expand our reach.

Some notable dates are:

1987 – The Literacy Council of Buncombe County became a 501(c)3 organization serving Adult Education students.

1990 – Held the first Annual Spelling Bee fundraiser.

1991 – Launched the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

2002 – First achieved accreditation from ProLiteracy America.   Successfully reapplied and met accreditation standards every four years thereafter until the accredidation program was discontinued in 2014.

2003 – Launched the U.S. Citizenship program.

2006 – Opened the Nancy S. Crosby Computer Center.

2008 – Held the first Annual Authors for Literacy fundraiser, featuring Elizabeth Kostova.

2009 – ESOL tutor trainer certified by ProLiteracy America.

2009 – Upgraded the computer center with all new equipment and software donated by Charlotte Street Computers.

2010 – Launched the Augustine Project®, a program serving low-income children reading below grade level.

2010 – Received the Melvin R. Lane Fund Grant to increase sustainability.

2013 – Launched partnership with NC LiteracyCorps.

2013 – Received the NC Sector Stewardship Award from the NC Center for Nonprofits

The Book

By Fred Chappell

Poet Laureate Emeritus of North Carolina


It waits as patiently as a forest trail

To take you to a place you must have heard about,

Quiet and exciting, a glade to be alone in,

With those who came before.

At first the journey is one slow letter at a time,

But sooner than you thought, you clip along,

Your pace growing smarter with each step.


You never arrive at an end

Because you never want to,

And a thousand other trails lead off from this one path,

Mysterious, inviting, alive with shadowy light.


The book will go with you as far as you desire.

And if you like, I will come with you.