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Scrabble® Mania Online Auction May 17-23
May 7, 2020May 18, 2020
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Scrabble® Mania Online Auction May 17-23

The Literacy Council’s Scrabble® Mania Online Auction for Literacy opens for bidding at noon Sunday, May 17 through 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23! Normally held as a silent auction during our annual Scrabble® Mania for Literacy fundraiser, the event had to be cancelled due to the current COVID-19 public health crisis. The proceeds from...

Distance Learning Tools Expand Access
May 5, 2020May 5, 2020
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Distance Learning Tools Expand Access

Distance learning tools are now expanding access to learning.  Soon after the Literacy Council’s staff and volunteers were forced to work remotely due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency, it quickly became apparent that in order to provide much-needed support to adult learners served by our programs, now was the time to embrace learning using...

Volunteer Appreciation Week: Celebrating Our Superheroes
April 23, 2020April 23, 2020
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Volunteer Appreciation Week: Celebrating Our Superheroes

The Literacy Council is celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week April 19-25 by paying tribute to our 150+ wonderful long-time and new volunteers!  You know what it takes to serve our community seven days a week. Today, the adult learners we support through our adult literacy programs are facing even greater obstacles than ever before during these...

Coronavirus & COVID-19 Updates
April 14, 2020April 23, 2020
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Coronavirus & COVID-19 Updates

Dear Literacy Council Students, Volunteers & Supporters, Due to the ongoing Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and based on guidance from Frederick County and state public health officials, the Literacy Council’s office is currently closed. The health and safety of our volunteers, students, staff and community is our top priority.  While our physical office is currently closed to...

2020 Census Maryland
March 15, 2020March 20, 2020
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2020 Census Maryland

2020 Census Maryland The Literacy Council is actively participating as a member of Frederick County’s Census 2020 Complete Count Committee to help share resources and get the word out to our networks about this critical process which begins this month. Literacy Council volunteers, tutors, and class facilitators, WE NEED YOUR HELP  as a trusted resource with your students. You...

Board of Directors Celebrate Friends of the Literacy Council
February 21, 2020February 21, 2020
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Board of Directors Celebrate Friends of the Literacy Council

February 5, 2020: Delaplaine Arts Center The Board of Directors hosted an evening reception on February 5th to celebrate the numerous Friends of the Literacy Council whose support enables the organization to provide essential literacy services for the community. Richard Haney, Board President, welcomed the representatives from Frederick County and Frederick City leadership, community business,...

In Memory of Literacy Council Volunteers
November 8, 2019January 18, 2020
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In Memory of Literacy Council Volunteers

On January 8, 2020, Samuel Keiter passed away at the age of 88. Sam was a dedicated tutor for a number of years beginning in the early 2000s.  He helped out in other ways, including reviewing our financial statements. We are grateful for Sam’s service to his students and our community through the Literacy Council....

Literacy Council Launches First Literary Magazine ~ Reflections
September 25, 2018February 21, 2019
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Literacy Council Launches First Literary Magazine ~ Reflections

September 25, 2018 Literacy Council launches its first literary magazine – Reflections – Voices of English Learners Curious Iguana Bookstore hosted the Literacy Council’s launch of its first literary magazine, Reflections – Voices of English Learners. The magazine is a compilation of stories, poems, and art written by Literacy Council students with their new English...

In Memory of Elizabeth Derr
July 18, 2018July 18, 2018
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In Memory of Elizabeth Derr

Those of us at the Literacy Council who knew her are saddened by the passing of Elizabeth Derr on July 14, 2018. Elizabeth volunteered for the Literacy Council continuously since she began as an office staffer in 1988 until reluctantly retiring, at the age of 88, in 2016.  She became a tutor in 1989 and...

Remembering Joyce Routzahn
June 14, 2018June 23, 2018
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Remembering Joyce Routzahn

Long-time Literacy Council volunteer and all-around remarkable woman Joyce Routzahn died on June 13, 2018, at the age of 88. Joyce began volunteering with the Literacy Council in 1976, after becoming certified as a tutor.  She was an elementary school teacher who tutored many children as well as our Literacy Council adult students – she...