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The Loudoun Literacy Council has been selected to be a part of this year’s Loudoun Gifts for Good event. This holiday event will be a part of Leesburg’s First Friday Event on Friday, December 6th from 6PM-9PM at the Carter Braxton Preferred Properties in downtown Leesburg. Loudoun Gifts for Good mission is “To provide our community with a meaningful alternative for year round gift giving – one which celebrates personal charity in support of nonprofits that strengthen our community and promote the common good.”  We are so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event!

Since 1980, Loudoun Literacy Council has been giving the gift of literacy to members of the community.  We have helped more than 4,000 adults and young people improve their literacy skills through programs supported by the dedication of over 800 trained volunteers.  Your support will help us continue to strengthen our community. You can support Loudoun Literacy by giving a gift of a ‘Baby Book Bundle’ for an at-risk new mother ($10), new books for 5 ‘Birthday Packs’ for children residing in homeless shelters ($25), an entire ESOL class for a Loudoun County adult ($50), supplies for four Head Start students with a school year’s worth of book packs including books for their very own personal library ($100).

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We hope that you share the spirit of the holiday season with Loudoun Literacy’s community. To learn more about “Loudoun’s Gift for Good” head to www.loudoungiftsforgood.org!

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Loudoun Literacy Council’s Family Literacy Department held its annual, Fall for Reading, on Sunday, September 8, at the Rust Library in Leesburg. This free event, now in its 5th year, promotes the importance of reading together as a family all year long. It is held in conjunction with National Family Literacy Week and is sponsored by Loudoun Public Library. This year’s features included a professional face painter,  an arts and crafts tent, refreshments and free books for all. The highlight of the day was magician Tom Lilly, with a presentation of “Books are a Blast”. He had lots of audience participation in his book-themed program and topped off the day by creating one-of-a-kind balloon animals for all of the participants. Each year, attendance continues to grow as more and more families in the community are made aware through local news outlets, flyers, and calendar postings. This year we were very happy to see returning families and some of our Head Start friends!

Each year, the library works with Loudoun Literacy to support this important endeavor and we rely on the generosity of the community to make it all happen. This year’s supporters included Ben Franklin, Giant and Wegmans, in Leesburg. In addition, we had over 300 volunteer hours donated by local girl scouts, teens, and others in the community. Thanks to all of you who were able to stop by and see us!

 

Written by: Tanya Bosse, Family Literacy Program Director

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??????????We have been fortunate to have been the recipients of several book drives by local organizations in the last few months. Golden Pond School, in Ashburn, donated almost 700 books to our family literacy program, after an extremely successful book drive at the school. This is the third year that the school has held a book drive for us and we are grateful for this ongoing partnership. The Montessori School of Leesburg completed a special project for us in the spring, where they bought backpacks and new books for children so that we can then distribute them to some families who really need some extra assistance. The Frances Hazel Reid PTA donated 5 boxes of books to us from an annual book sale that they just completed. We’ve also had a couple of local families have Birthday Book Parties for us. Rather than bring a gift for the birthday girl or boy, guests bring one or two new books to donate to our organization. What a great way to teach your children about the importance of giving to others less fortunate! Donated books are used throughout the year in various ways; we give them to our Head Start families, they are given to children living in the Homeless shelters through our Sweet Dreams program and we work with reading specialists and ESL teachers at Loudoun County Schools to provide as many books as possible to families who might not have books at home. Thanks to all of you in the community for your donations and efforts!

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Book Bundles - December 2012 NewsletterOur Family Literacy program has been partnering with MotherNet since 2008 to provide Baby Book Bundles to new and expectant at-risk mothers living in Loudoun. More specifically,  the program gives baby book bundles to new moms of babies from infancy to 2 years. These bundles contain bilingual literacy information about the importance of establishing an early reading routine from infancy. Along with the tips, we include two baby books (in Spanish, where appropriate) and a small baby item. The first week in December, we delivered our first Baby Book Bundles of the new school year. These bundles will go to 22 Spanish speaking families and 15 English speaking low-income families that are served by MotherNet.

Tanya Bosse

Family Literacy Program Director

 

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With the help of Loudoun Literacy Council, Jordyn Keaney facilitated a free reading camp this past summer for first and second graders! She has been awarded the Gold Award for Girl Scouts for her work! Congrats to Jordyn! Read more here from the Purcellville Gazette! 
 

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