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WE'RE BACK! Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest will be back in action on Saturday, August 21 from 3-6pm at Ghost Train Brewing Co...
06/26/2021

WE'RE BACK! Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest will be back in action on Saturday, August 21 from 3-6pm at Ghost Train Brewing Co. We'll be changing things up this year, but you can definitely expect some great music, amazing beer, and, of course, wings from awesome local restaurants. Mark your calendars - We'll see you on August 21! More details to come soon.

WE'RE BACK! Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest will be back in action on Saturday, August 21 from 3-6pm at Ghost Train Brewing Co. We'll be changing things up this year, but you can definitely expect some great music, amazing beer, and, of course, wings from awesome local restaurants. Mark your calendars - We'll see you on August 21! More details to come soon.

We're honored to partner with I See Me, Inc. for the Big 5 Parent Workshop - July 19-23, 5:30-6:30 pm. Sign up today. Sp...
06/25/2021

We're honored to partner with I See Me, Inc. for the Big 5 Parent Workshop - July 19-23, 5:30-6:30 pm. Sign up today. Space is limited.
#ShareTheWords #FamilyLiteracy

We're honored to partner with I See Me, Inc. for the Big 5 Parent Workshop - July 19-23, 5:30-6:30 pm. Sign up today. Space is limited.
#ShareTheWords #FamilyLiteracy

Grey skies got you down this morning? This beautiful bouquet from Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market could brighten your d...
06/24/2021

Grey skies got you down this morning? This beautiful bouquet from Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market could brighten your day or someone else's day. And a portion of the sale will benefit TLC... which helps us provide programs that help provide bright futures for so many people. #SpreadTheWords #SpreadTheJoy

Our June CHARITY IN BLOOM "Blue Skies" will benefit The Literacy Council of Central Alabama. 20% of the purchase of this arrangement will be donated. https://literacy-council.org/
Help us support this important cause. This beautiful arrangement can be purchased by giving us a call 205-871-0092 or ordering directly online https://dorothymcdaniel.com/shop/flowers/spring-collection/b5af8b1697-june-charity-in-bloom-blue-skies/.

#dorothymcdanielsflowermarket #charity #charityinbloom #giveback #payitforward #give #summer #flowers #withlove

It's Wow Wednesday! In 2011 TLC's Walker Co. coordinator Chandra Rice (left) established the agency's first youth book c...
06/23/2021

It's Wow Wednesday! In 2011 TLC's Walker Co. coordinator Chandra Rice (left) established the agency's first youth book club at Parrish Elementary School. Teacher Maria Sims (right) recognized that some of the students in her class needed extra help with their reading skills. Through the book club the students improved their reading skills, and they continued to participate in TLC programs throughout middle school and high school. They formed friendships and helped each other along the way. Each of the students pictured either attained their GED or graduated from high school in 2020. Some went on to college last year and some attained technical certifications and are now working, and all are thriving.
#ThePowerofWow #ThePowerOfLiteracy #SpreadTheWords

The Literacy Council commemorates Juneteeth, a holiday created to mark June 19th, 1865 as the date that the last slaves ...
06/19/2021

The Literacy Council commemorates Juneteeth, a holiday created to mark June 19th, 1865 as the date that the last slaves in the U. S. were notified that they were free.

Learn more about how the history surrounding our newest federal holiday affected people living today. Harvard Professor and Pulitzer Prize winning author Annette Gordon-Reed gives her personal account. For the children, hear from Opal Reed. She was recognized by President Biden as a staunch advocate of the creation of this holiday, and is also a 90+ year old survivor of life-changing events that happened as she celebrated June 19th as a child.
#SpreadTheWords #SpreadTheKnowledge

Yikes! A day late for WOW Wednesday, but that doesn’t diminish the Wow! One more big congratulations to GED graduates Ma...
06/17/2021

Yikes! A day late for WOW Wednesday, but that doesn’t diminish the Wow! One more big congratulations to GED graduates Marv and Beverly. Both were tapped for the Honor Society! Congratulations and many thanks to their teacher, Julia Rudd.
#ThePowerOfWow #SpreadTheWords

Yikes! A day late for WOW Wednesday, but that doesn’t diminish the Wow! One more big congratulations to GED graduates Marv and Beverly. Both were tapped for the Honor Society! Congratulations and many thanks to their teacher, Julia Rudd.
#ThePowerOfWow #SpreadTheWords

We are grateful to be Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market's Charity Bloom! When you purchase this beautiful arrangement 20%...
06/14/2021

We are grateful to be Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market's Charity Bloom! When you purchase this beautiful arrangement 20% of the proceeds will benefit TLC's programs. A perfect reason to treat someone special or yourself to these beautiful flowers.

Our June CHARITY IN BLOOM "Blue Skies" will benefit The Literacy Council of Central Alabama. 20% of the purchase of this arrangement will be donated. https://literacy-council.org/
Help us support this important cause. This beautiful arrangement can be purchased by giving us a call 205-871-0092 or ordering directly online https://dorothymcdaniel.com/shop/flowers/spring-collection/b5af8b1697-june-charity-in-bloom-blue-skies/.

#dorothymcdanielsflowermarket #charity #charityinbloom #giveback #payitforward #give #summer #flowers #withlove

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for TLC's 30th Anniversary Celebration. Don't worry if you missed it, we'll post a...
06/11/2021

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for TLC's 30th Anniversary Celebration. Don't worry if you missed it, we'll post a link here for a playback. Stay tuned!

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for TLC's 30th Anniversary Celebration. Don't worry if you missed it, we'll post a link here for a playback. Stay tuned!

Don't forget to stock up on everything you need to create your Literary Libations during the cocktail/mocktail demonstra...
06/10/2021
Literary Libations

Don't forget to stock up on everything you need to create your Literary Libations during the cocktail/mocktail demonstration. Click here for recipes, instructions, ingredients, and tools you will need - https://literacy-council.org/literary-libations/. Cheers! We'll see you soon. #TLC30 #SpreadTheWords #CelebrateLearning #cheers

Everything you need to know to participate in the cocktail/mocktail demonstration during TLC’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. CHEERS!

ARE YOU READY? Tonight! We hope you will join the livestream to celebrate lives changed through literacy. Click below to...
06/10/2021
Literacy Council 30th Anniversary Celebration

ARE YOU READY? Tonight! We hope you will join the livestream to celebrate lives changed through literacy. Click below to register. Select Purchase Tickets to receive your link. This is a FREE event but you must have a link to join. See you soon!
#TLC30 #SpreadTheWords #CelebrateLearning

The Literacy Council is proud to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2021! Please join us on Thursday, June 10 for a live streaming broadcast to celebrate lives changed through literacy and a look at the future of TLC. The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail/mocktail demonstration. Our special prog...

TLC Wow Wednesday... WOW! Tomorrow is our 30th Anniversary Celebration. We hope you will join for the livestream broadca...
06/09/2021
Literacy Council 30th Anniversary Celebration

TLC Wow Wednesday... WOW! Tomorrow is our 30th Anniversary Celebration. We hope you will join for the livestream broadcast. Don't forget you MUST register to access the link and view the program.
#TLC30 #SpreadTheWords

The Literacy Council is proud to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2021! Please join us on Thursday, June 10 for a live streaming broadcast to celebrate lives changed through literacy and a look at the future of TLC. The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail/mocktail demonstration. Our special prog...

We're counting down... are you registered to watch?#TLC30 #SpreadTheWords
06/08/2021
Literacy Council 30th Anniversary Celebration

We're counting down... are you registered to watch?
#TLC30 #SpreadTheWords

The Literacy Council is proud to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2021! Please join us on Thursday, June 10 for a live streaming broadcast to celebrate lives changed through literacy and a look at the future of TLC. The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail/mocktail demonstration. Our special prog...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 30 years ago today The Literacy Council became official. We hope you will join us on Thursday for the ce...
06/07/2021
Literacy Council 30th Anniversary Celebration

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 30 years ago today The Literacy Council became official. We hope you will join us on Thursday for the celebration. Click below to register. This is a FREE event but you must click the Purchase Ticket option to obtain the livestream link to view the broadcast. And if you're so inclined please to leave us a birthday present in the form of a donation. Thank you!
#TLC30 #SpreadTheWords

The Literacy Council is proud to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2021! Please join us on Thursday, June 10 for a live streaming broadcast to celebrate lives changed through literacy and a look at the future of TLC. The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail/mocktail demonstration. Our special prog...

Team TLC is excited about our 30th Anniversary Celebration! We are honored to have our friend Ri Greene from Paper Doll ...
06/04/2021

Team TLC is excited about our 30th Anniversary Celebration! We are honored to have our friend Ri Greene from Paper Doll Bar joining us for the cocktail/mocktail demonstration to kick off the event. Here is what Ri will be making and a list of ingredients and tools you will need. And remember to register to watch the live broadcast. Follow this link - https://tlccelebrates30.swell.gives/
#TLC30 #SpreadTheWords

We're just one week away from TLC's 30th Anniversary Celebration! Don't miss this opportunity to hear amazing success st...
06/03/2021
Literacy Council 30th Anniversary Celebration

We're just one week away from TLC's 30th Anniversary Celebration! Don't miss this opportunity to hear amazing success stories of the people TLC has served over our history. Click below to get your link to watch the livestream. You MUST register to receive the link. And even though it's free you will click the Purchase Tickets option to complete registration.
#TLC30 #SpreadTheWords

The Literacy Council is proud to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2021! Please join us on Thursday, June 10 for a live streaming broadcast to celebrate lives changed through literacy and a look at the future of TLC. The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail/mocktail demonstration. Our special prog...

Hey! We're back with another WOW Wednesday and an update. Remember Marvin? His star is on the rise. We just found out th...
06/02/2021

Hey! We're back with another WOW Wednesday and an update. Remember Marvin? His star is on the rise. We just found out this week that Marvin received a scholarship. Way to go Marvin! Keep learning, keep shining, keep rising!
#ThePowerOfWow #SpreadTheWords

Today’s Wow Wednesday is a WOW and WAHOO! Marvin did his GED prep through the TLC/Jefferson State program, continuing to work through the pandemic when the program went online, and went on to pass the test. He recently completed his first college course with flying colors earning an A. Well done, Marvin! (Photo: Julia Rudd, Marvin’s GED instructor and Marvin.)
#ThePowerOfWow #SpreadTheWords

05/31/2021
As we head into Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer, we want to share a program from our friends at the America...
05/28/2021
American Baseball Foundation

As we head into Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer, we want to share a program from our friends at the American Baseball Foundation. The program combines academics with baseball for kids K-8th grade. Check them out. Programs kickoff on June 2.

Many thanks to Councilor Crystal N. Smitherman for inviting TLC to give away books during the Summer Drive Thru event at...
05/27/2021

Many thanks to Councilor Crystal N. Smitherman for inviting TLC to give away books during the Summer Drive Thru event at More than Conquerors Church. And thank you to Val Williams and her fellow Junior Board members for organizing our book giveaway and representing TLC. (Pictured L to R Junior Board members Val Williams and Emma Davis with Councilor Smitherman)
#SpreadTheWords #TLC30

Many thanks to Councilor Crystal N. Smitherman for inviting TLC to give away books during the Summer Drive Thru event at More than Conquerors Church. And thank you to Val Williams and her fellow Junior Board members for organizing our book giveaway and representing TLC. (Pictured L to R Junior Board members Val Williams and Emma Davis with Councilor Smitherman)
#SpreadTheWords #TLC30

Author and illustrator Eric Carle recently passed away. To honor his work and his memory we are reposting this reading o...
05/27/2021
Brown Bear, Brown Bear in Sign Language

Author and illustrator Eric Carle recently passed away. To honor his work and his memory we are reposting this reading of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by TLC team member Heidi Holt. Rest in Peace, Mr. Carle.

TLC program coordinator Heidi Holt reads Brown Bear. In addition to reading aloud, Heidi includes sign language in her story time. Early in her teaching care...

Wow Wednesday Part 2! Wondering why a film crew was at TLC last week? You'll have to tune in for the livestream broadcas...
05/26/2021
Literacy Council 30th Anniversary Celebration

Wow Wednesday Part 2! Wondering why a film crew was at TLC last week? You'll have to tune in for the livestream broadcast of our 30th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, June 10 to find out. Click the link below to register! It's free to view but you MUST register to get the link for the broadcast.
#TLC30 #PowerofWow #SpreadTheWords

The Literacy Council is proud to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2021! Please join us on Thursday, June 10 for a live streaming broadcast to celebrate lives changed through literacy and a look at the future of TLC. The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail/mocktail demonstration. Our special prog...

Another two part TLC Wow Wednesday this week.! Part 1 is really more of a "WoW! What's going on at TLC?!" Hmm... check o...
05/26/2021

Another two part TLC Wow Wednesday this week.! Part 1 is really more of a "WoW! What's going on at TLC?!" Hmm... check out Part 2...
#PowerOfWow #SpreadTheWords

Another two part TLC Wow Wednesday this week.! Part 1 is really more of a "WoW! What's going on at TLC?!" Hmm... check out Part 2...
#PowerOfWow #SpreadTheWords

WOW Wednesday Part 2. Another AMAZING organization also gathered and donated books to TLC.  So here is an another big TH...
05/19/2021

WOW Wednesday Part 2. Another AMAZING organization also gathered and donated books to TLC. So here is an another big THANK YOU to everyone from ACTION Civitan Club of Birmingham. Pictured here are Mary M. Luck, President 2020-2021 and Brian James, Action Civitan Treasurer and Civitan Governor for the Alabama Central District.
#SpreadTheWords #PowerOfWow

WOW Wednesday Part 2. Another AMAZING organization also gathered and donated books to TLC. So here is an another big THANK YOU to everyone from ACTION Civitan Club of Birmingham. Pictured here are Mary M. Luck, President 2020-2021 and Brian James, Action Civitan Treasurer and Civitan Governor for the Alabama Central District.
#SpreadTheWords #PowerOfWow

WOW Wednesday Part 1. TLC is grateful for the support of so many amazing organizations in the community. In Part 1 we se...
05/19/2021

WOW Wednesday Part 1. TLC is grateful for the support of so many amazing organizations in the community. In Part 1 we send out a big THANK YOU to the women of the Jefferson County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. They gathered and donated books for TLC to share in the community. WOW! Pictured here are Dr. LaToya Jackson, President and Kimberly Merritt, May Month Chair.
#SpreadTheWords #PowerOfWow

WOW Wednesday Part 1. TLC is grateful for the support of so many amazing organizations in the community. In Part 1 we send out a big THANK YOU to the women of the Jefferson County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. They gathered and donated books for TLC to share in the community. WOW! Pictured here are Dr. LaToya Jackson, President and Kimberly Merritt, May Month Chair.
#SpreadTheWords #PowerOfWow

We have another WAHOO for Wow Wednesday! Beverly recently completed her GED. Her instructor Julia Rudd, an Auburn grad, ...
05/12/2021

We have another WAHOO for Wow Wednesday! Beverly recently completed her GED. Her instructor Julia Rudd, an Auburn grad, even wore and Alabama shirt to honor Beverly's hard work and accomplishments. When asked what she wants to do now that she has her GED, Beverly said she was still trying to decide but loved that she has more opportunities. Way to go Beverly!
#ThePowerofWow #SpreadTheWords

We have another WAHOO for Wow Wednesday! Beverly recently completed her GED. Her instructor Julia Rudd, an Auburn grad, even wore and Alabama shirt to honor Beverly's hard work and accomplishments. When asked what she wants to do now that she has her GED, Beverly said she was still trying to decide but loved that she has more opportunities. Way to go Beverly!
#ThePowerofWow #SpreadTheWords

Today’s Wow Wednesday is a WOW and WAHOO! Marvin did his GED prep through the TLC/Jefferson State program, continuing to...
05/05/2021

Today’s Wow Wednesday is a WOW and WAHOO! Marvin did his GED prep through the TLC/Jefferson State program, continuing to work through the pandemic when the program went online, and went on to pass the test. He recently completed his first college course with flying colors earning an A. Well done, Marvin! (Photo: Julia Rudd, Marvin’s GED instructor and Marvin.)
#ThePowerOfWow #SpreadTheWords

Today’s Wow Wednesday is a WOW and WAHOO! Marvin did his GED prep through the TLC/Jefferson State program, continuing to work through the pandemic when the program went online, and went on to pass the test. He recently completed his first college course with flying colors earning an A. Well done, Marvin! (Photo: Julia Rudd, Marvin’s GED instructor and Marvin.)
#ThePowerOfWow #SpreadTheWords

There is no shortage of WOW moments at TLC… each one a cause to celebrate. So we’ve decided to start sharing them with y...
04/28/2021

There is no shortage of WOW moments at TLC… each one a cause to celebrate. So we’ve decided to start sharing them with you. Welcome to TLC’s WOW Wednesday! Our first WOW is about a learner we’ll call Mr. M. Before the pandemic Mr. M didn’t own a computer. When TLC’s classes went to an online platform, he decided it was time for change. He purchased a computer, asked the kids down the street to help him get up to speed, and before you know it he was online and learning. He went from working with his one tutor to working with three tutors, three days a week. He has made so much progress that now he’s ready to give back as a peer tutor. WOW! Well done, Mr. M.!
#SpreadTheWords #ThePowerOfWow

There is no shortage of WOW moments at TLC… each one a cause to celebrate. So we’ve decided to start sharing them with you. Welcome to TLC’s WOW Wednesday! Our first WOW is about a learner we’ll call Mr. M. Before the pandemic Mr. M didn’t own a computer. When TLC’s classes went to an online platform, he decided it was time for change. He purchased a computer, asked the kids down the street to help him get up to speed, and before you know it he was online and learning. He went from working with his one tutor to working with three tutors, three days a week. He has made so much progress that now he’s ready to give back as a peer tutor. WOW! Well done, Mr. M.!
#SpreadTheWords #ThePowerOfWow

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2301 1st Ave N, Ste 102
Birmingham, AL
35203

The mission of The Literacy Council is to strengthen and support organizations that provide literacy services in central Alabama. RESOURCES AND REFERRALS Refer tutors and learners to adult, children and family literacy programs through the (205) 326-1925 and 1-888-448-READ Helpline Award grant funding directly to literacy providers; secure and distribute books and in-kind donations; and assist providers with grant writing Encourage networking and cooperative efforts between members of the family and Literacy Providers Network to ensure that learner and tutor needs are being met and gaps in services are being filled Develop strategic plan for community-wide literacy initiatives Provide direct staff support to Literacy Council boards in outlying counties EDUCATION Provide free tutor training workshops throughout Central Alabama Administer Adult Literacy Education Resource Training (ALERT) to community practitioners Host workshops and seminars for local literacy providers ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS Co-sponsor the annual Literacy Summit Promote children and family literacy involvement through AdventuREAD Conduct public awareness campaigns to heighten the importance of adult, family, and children’s literacy initiatives Develop marketing campaigns using television, radio, and print media to recruit both learners and tutor DEVELOPMENT Develop additional resources to support ongoing and new literacy initiatives Host annual fundraising events Expand vision for future through ongoing strategic planning to align our mission with the growing needs of the community HELPLINE The helpline is available for those seeking information on literacy programs and volunteer opportunities. Literacy Council staff can provide the names of literacy or adult education programs that assist callers and can transfer them directly to one of those education providers. Please call (205) 326-1925 or 1-888-448-READ (7323) for more information. TUTOR TRAINING The Literacy Council provides free-of-charge tutor training workshops throughout the year to certify volunteers as Basic Literacy and/or ESOL tutors. The materials used are from Laubach Way to Reading, a phonics-based method that has proven to be effective in helping adults learn to read, and from LifePrints. The Literacy Council also teaches workshops for volunteers wanting to tutor school-aged children. After completing a workshop, participants are ProLiteracy certified tutors and are ready to volunteer in area programs.

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Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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(205) 326-1925

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