The Literacy Council of West Alabama (LCWA) is hosting its first-ever BookStock event. It will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Government Plaza in Downtown Tuscaloosa. This free event is for families across Alabama.

According to the press release “Bookstock is an event planned by the LCWA to help increase literacy in our community and raise money for efforts that support literacy growth in West Alabama.”

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The free event promises to be lots of fun and filled with activities that include “Kid’s Read” with the Miss University of Alabama.  There will be a books arts project, an area where little libraries will be painted, a scavenger hunt, community book sales, and prizes.

Also, there will be a “Southern Women’s Stories: Past and Present with Dr. Hillary Green as the moderator, along with Kristen Harmel, Historical Novelist, Rachel Hawkins, Thriller & Gothic Novelist, and Poet Jacqueline Trimble. Click here to check out the Facebook event listing.

Serving West Alabama is very important to the LCWA. They serve 9 counties such as Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa.  Their motto posted on their Facebook page notes that the group is “dedicated to helping the citizens of our area learn to read, write, & improve their lives through literacy efforts.”

Interim Executive Director of the LCWA, Phillip Johnson said that the “LCWA is important to West Alabama because it offers community members an opportunity to work together to provide solutions to illiteracy, an issue that can make everyday tasks seem impossible and can shut doors of opportunity for our residents. By providing a comprehensive approach that puts books into the hands of people of all ages and encourages them to seek learning and credentialing opportunities, LCWA empowers individuals in our communities to reach their potential.”

The goal of “LCWA is to achieve 100% community literacy in West Alabama” and they “need your help to achieve that goal. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 15% of Alabamians are functionally illiterate. Unfortunately, that statistic rises to 25% in many of our West Alabama communities,” said the Press Release.

(Source) Press Release sent to Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa. Click here for more details about LCWA and Book Stock.

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