A Holiday Gift from J.B. Adams, Jr and Associates, Inc.

Thank you to J.B. Adams, Jr and Associates, Inc. for making an incredible contribution to the Literacy Council’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as a holiday gift on behalf of their clients. Their donation will help give children in our community the head start they deserve and truly change their lives forever:

As part of this thoughtful gift, some J.B. Adams, Jr and Associates clients recalled their favorite children’s (or otherwise) books to share with us:

  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  • Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Wapiti Wilderness by Margaret and Olaus Murie
  • Old Black Witch by Wende Devlin, Harry Devlin
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Walking Drum by Louis L’Amour
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Rosie and the Rustlers by Roy Gerrard
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

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Tutor a child, change a life.

An unmet need and a substantial waiting list

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s biggest current need is additional volunteer tutors for the Augustine Project. This program serves low-income children who read, write, and/or spell below grade level.  The current waiting list has more than 50 children seeking tutoring. Tutoring is one-on-one and every new tutor we train will be matched with a student from our waiting list who desperately needs literacy tutoring to catch up with their classmates.

New training model makes it easier to become an Augustine tutor

We have made the training commitment easier, working with current and potential volunteers to restructure the timing, content, and delivery of the volunteer training. 

Augustine Project volunteer tutor training will take place Jan. 14-18, 9am-4pm. After training, tutors will spend two hours per week with their student. New tutors can typically be matched with students at schools of their choice.

Contact Rebecca to sign up today! rebecca@litcouncil.com or 828-254-3442 x202

Create the impact of a lifetime

“The Augustine Project and Mary Fraser (my son’s tutor) have been an answer to our prayers…  This program has helped Graham’s reading  immensely, and his self esteem has also improved. Our family is truly blessed by this program and by the help that Mary has provided.” 

Barbara, an Augustine Project student’s mother

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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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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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Midterm election resources for tutors and students

As we quickly approach voter registration deadline, the Literacy Council of Buncombe County urges tutors and students to register to vote in these very important midterm elections. If you have moved, changed your name, or changed your party affiliation, you are required to update your voter registration by Oct. 12.  If you are unable to vote on Nov. 6, the last day to request an absentee-by-mail ballot is Oct. 30. You may also choose to register and participate in early voting at the same time with same-day registration, from Oct. 17 through Nov. 3. To find your polling site to vote on Nov. 6 election day, click here.

Legislation is complex and often uses target language to appeal to certain audiences, and many of us can find political jargon difficult to digest. This may be especially true for speakers of other languages and people with fewer literacy skills. Furthermore, there is much controversy surrounding the transparency of the six proposed North Carolina constitutional amendments that will grace the bottoms of our ballots. We strongly encourage tutors to provide non-partisan guidance to help legally-able students register to vote, familiarize themselves with candidates, and seek clarification about the proposed amendments. Click here for a comprehensive guide to candidates, or here for a sample ballot for your district.

Important Dates:

October 12,
5:00 PM

Registration Deadline for November Election

October 17

One-Stop (Early Voting) Begins

October 30,
5:00 PM

Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot for November Election

November 3,
1:00 PM

One-Stop (Early Voting) Ends

November 6

Election Day

As a nonprofit, we are nonpartisan and do not endorse or oppose any political candidates.

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