Give the gift of language and reading skills

For Learners

Learn to read. Learn to speak English.
“I didn’t want anybody to know I couldn’t read. Now I have freedom.”
“Learning English changed my life and my world. I was ashamed and frustrated.”

For Volunteers

Change the world by changing someone’s life.
“This is the most rewarding volunteer work I’ve ever done.”
“Although every student comes with different challenges, all of them share a desire to improve their lives.”

For Donors

One in ten Frederick County adults is functionally illiterate. Help your neighbors and our entire community. Give the gift of literacy.
“Learning how to speak English not only helps employees on the job, but opens the doors to education and economic opportunity, benefiting the entire community.”

Adult Literacy Can Change Everything

The ability to read, write and speak English well is fundamental to work, prosperity, health and family stability. See how we are transforming people’s lives and helping to make Frederick County stronger and more prosperous, one student at a time.

What’s Happening

See the latest news on our blog, and check out our upcoming events by clicking on the buttons below. If you’d like to donate, feel free to read the information provided below and then you will be redirected to our donation page.

Annual Holiday Book Drive

The Literacy Council of Frederick County is again partnering with Curious Iguana and Barnes & Noble Booksellers for the benefit of Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB) to provide new books for pre K – 8th grade children.  BIAB serves 2100 children in 15 Frederick County schools who depend on school meals as their primary source of nourishment Monday – Friday by providing weekend backpacks of food. Donated books will be included in these backpacks before the winter break. While the Literacy Council serves adult literacy needs, providing appealing, age-appropriate books to children fosters literacy at a young age and helps to break the cycle of illiteracy in families.

To participate in the Holiday Book Drive,

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Save the Date!

Please mark your calendar and plan now to join us on Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2018, from 2:00 – 5:00 at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant for our 3rd Annual SCRABBLE® Mania for Literacy event!  Early Bird registration is now open!

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