Reaching Children Who Need Books the Most

A program designed for all children

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County currently has the capacity to enroll 1,905 children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library thanks to funding from Buncombe Partnership for Children and the NC state legislature. This book gifting program mails a free, age-appropriate book to enrolled children every month from birth until they turn five years old. The program is designed to be open to all children under the age of five in a service area. 

Partners are key to enrolling
hard-to-reach children

At the Literacy Council of Buncombe County, we know that more literate and middle-to-high income families tend to hear about the program more frequently through social media and the internet; have access to computers, printers, and postage stamps to submit the enrollment form; and have the literacy skills needed to fill out the enrollment form.

In order to ensure that we are also reaching children who live in households without these resources, we have developed partnerships with organizations that can assist families in high-needs, low-income, and/or low-literate homes in filling out the enrollment paperwork. By doing so, we are working to ensure that children from homes with few books can start receiving free books in the mail each month.

A new partnership reaches recently-homed families

Local nonprofit Homeward Bound has two programs that offer housing to individuals and families currently living in shelters, their cars, or on the streets. To welcome formerly homeless people into their new homes, Rezaz is donating a “first meal,” and the Literacy Council is enrolling any children under the age of five in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  Together, these partners are providing housing, food, and children’s books to families as they enter the safety and comfort of permanent housing.

Other referral partners

Nonprofits that meet a variety of needs in Buncombe County are enrolling their clients in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. These organizations include:

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Authors for Literacy in the media

The Literacy Council’s Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction with keynote speaker Barbara Kingsolver has been featured in multiple publications! Click below to read or view each feature.

Photo credit: Steven L. Hopp

Mountain XpressBarbara Kingsolver keynotes annual Authors for Literacy Dinner

WLOS Spotlight Carolina: Literacy Council of Buncombe County

The Laurel of Asheville: Barbara Kingsolver to Keynote Annual Literacy Council Dinner

Citizen Times: Kingsolver, coming to Asheville Nov. 29, captures paradigm shifts

DePauw University: Barbara Kingsolver ’77 to Keynote Literacy Fundraiser in NC

 

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2018 Authors event updates

 
Each year we strive to improve the annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction. Last year we introduced a Buy It Now section of the silent auction which allows you to choose an item without competing bids and pay immediately. It was a hit and we will continue with that option. 
 
This year, in an effort to reduce checkout lines, we will provide you with a link where you can pay for your auction items and/or your Fund A Need pledges on your mobile device. 
 
At 9pm if you have auction items to pick up you will find an “Already Paid” line where you will show the email confirmation of payment, receive your auction items, and off you go!

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The Literacy Council Partners with Give!Local

The Literacy Council has been selected to participate in Give!Local. Mountain Xpress started Give!Local in 2015 and the program raised over $39,000 for 30 area nonprofits in its inaugural year. Since then, each year has seen an increase in the amount raised for local nonprofit agencies.
 
Between November 1 and December 31 the Give!Local website makes it quick and easy to give a little or a lot to multiple causes on the same webpage. 
 
Through our ongoing partnership with Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe, we are able to offer an incentive to Give!Local donors who give to the Literacy Council of Buncombe County. Give!Local donors to the Literacy Council who give $50-$99 will receive a $5 coupon for Malaprop’s. Donors who give $100 and up will receive a $15 coupon for Malaprop’s.
 
Coupons will be available for pick-up at Malaprop’s one week after the donation is processed. They will be redeemable for in-store purchases at Malaprop’s through the end of February and must be used in one visit. 
 
In addition to any tax benefits donors receive, Give!Local rewards all donors giving $20 or more.
 
Please visit Give!Local here: https://givelocalguide.org to donate to the Literacy Council and many other local nonprofits! 
 
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2018 Authors Auction Sneak Preview!

We are just over a month away from our largest event of the year. Thursday November 29 we have the honor of hosting Barbara Kingsolver as the featured author at the 11th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction.

Every year before the dinner and presentation, we have an amazing silent auction of generously donated items from local artists, restaurants, theaters, museums, and others.

We will feature a “Buy It Now” section as we did last year. If you choose to Buy It Now (either at the bottom of a regular item’s bid sheet or by purchasing a specialty “Buy It Now Only” item), you may pay for Buy It Now items on the spot, without waiting in the check-out line at the end of the evening.

THREE ADVANTAGES TO BUY IT NOW:

  • No one can out-bid you
  • You may check out any items that you purchase at a Buy It Now price immediately
  • Your gift will make a significant difference for Literacy Council students

This year we will also be offering some new options for a more speedy checkout–be sure to bring your mobile device if you don’t want to wait in line!

We are so appreciative of our in kind donors that make this auction possible.

 

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