Serving Buncombe County for over twenty 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 beginnings over twenty years ago, we have continued to grow our programs and expand our outreach. We have developed the reputation of a knowledgeable resource and well-run, professional organization that delivers a valuable service to our community.
Some notable dates are:
1987 – The Literacy Council of Buncombe County begins as a merger between Altrusa of Asheville and the Asheville-Buncombe Literacy Council.
1990 – First Annual Spelling Bee fundraiser.
1991 – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program launched.
2002 – Achieved accreditation from ProLiteracy America. Successfully reapplied and met accreditation standards every four years thereafter.
2006 – Opened the Nancy S. Crosby Computer Center.
2008 – First Annual Authors for Literacy fundraiser.
2009 – ESOL tutor training certified by ProLiteracy America.
2009 – Upgraded the computer center with all new equipment and software donated by Charlotte Street Computers.
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.