Tuesday, March 17, 2020


In response to the recent state of emergency regarding the COVID-19), the Charles County Literacy Council will follow announcements from Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland Dept. of Health, the Charles County Dept. of Health and the Charles County Public Schools. As precaution for all we are suspending tutoring until further notice. Our Program Coordinator will be teleworking from March 17 through April 24. She will be available through email during our regular office hours, Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. Our email is charlescountyliteracy@comcast.net.  As you read this, please remember that there are those who cannot.  Literacy Does Matter.

Monday, March 2, 2020

March 3 Council Meeting

Next CCLC meeting -- March 3, 7 pm. at the United Way House.  Join us -- find out about CCLC,  ask questions, seek advice.

Welcome to new tutors

Thank you and welcome to our new tutors from Saturday's workshop -- Jenifer, Monica, Helen and Mary Elizabeth. They truly learned the positive impact they will have in someone's life -- not to mention truly understanding what it means for those who cannot read or "can" read but simply don't understand what they are reading. When someone says to you, can you read this to me, I forgot my glasses, there is the possibility that it truly means: can you read this to me because I can't read it.
Our next workshop will be in the Spring. If you and your organization may be interested in outreach and becoming tutors, we can bring our workshop to you. Just give us a call -- 301-934-6488.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Literacy Matter #3

LITERACY MATTERS – Fact No. 3 -- Did you know…68% of literacy programs are struggling with long student waiting lists and less than 10 percent of adults in need are receiving services.*  Imagine finally making that phone call, going through the process and then having to wait and wait for a tutor. CCLC has such a waiting list.  With one hour once a week, you can help reduce that waiting list!  Sign up for our February 29 workshop.  Learn about this rewarding experience and of the impact YOU can make on one person’s life.  (Pre-registration is a must.). LITERACY DOES MATTER.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February 29, 2020 -- 9 am - 3:30 pm - at United Way House, La Plata

Literacy Matters 2

LITERACY MATTERS –  Fact No. 2. Did you know….Individuals at the lowest literacy and numeracy levels have a higher rate of unemployment and earn lower wages than the national average. Low literacy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.*  With one hour once a week, CCLC and its tutors work to reduce those numbers here in Charles County.  You can too!  SIGN UP FOR OUR FEBRUARY 29 WORKSHOP.  Learn about this rewarding experience and of the impact YOU can make on one person’s life.  (Pre-registration is a must.). LITERACY DOES MATTER.

*Statistic provided by ProLiteracy

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Literacy Matters No. 1

LITERACY MATTERS – Did you know…that 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level.*  Now imagine being that person who cannot read or do basic math.  “It took me a long time to finally pick up the phone and call you.  And this is hard to say, I cannot read and need help.” That was the start of a phone call to CCLC from a new adult learner.  With one hour once a week, CCLC and its tutors work to help such individuals and reduce those literacy numbers here in Charles County.  You can be a part of this too!  SIGN UP FOR OUR FEBRUARY 29 WORKSHOP.  Learn about this rewarding experience and of the impact YOU can make on one person’s life.  (Pre-registration is a must.).  Call the office (301-934-6488) or email (charlescountyliteracy@comcast.net) for info.  LITERACY DOES MATTER.

*Statistic provided by ProLiteracy

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

OUR NEXT TRAINING WORKSHOP is scheduled for Saturday, February 29 from 9 am-3:30 pm. Did you know that approximately 15,000 Charles County residents are either illiterate or functional illiterate? For over 50 years that is where the service of the Charles County Literacy Council has come in. Join in making the difference for as little as one hour once a week by coming a literacy tutor.
A one-day workshop with pre-reading materials beforehand will certify you as a ProLiteracy Tutor. You must pre-register. Email or call (charlescountyliteracy@comcast.net) (301-934-6488) for details. PS -- Imagine not being able to read this! If you can, you are one of the lucky ones. Each One, Teach One.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROTARY 4-WAY TESTERS, a team from the Rotary Club, La Plata.  Fourteen teams competed at Saturday's (January 11) Adult Team Spelling Bee. In the final round spelling correctly the word  "zucchetto" (a Roman Catholic cleric's skullcap: black for a priest, purple for a bishop, red for a cardinal, and white for the Pope), Rotary 4 Way Testers became the 2020 SPELLING BEE GRAND CHAMPIONS!  Congratulations to them and to all the teams for a great and fun competition and to all the guests for coming out and cheering on the teams and supporting the Charles County Literacy Council. It was a fun night! 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

THIS IS IT --  a fun, exciting night begins this Saturday, January 11 -- the CCLC's 2nd Adult Team Spelling Bee! Join us for a fun, spirited night at the St. Mary’s Bryantown Church (off of Oliver Shop Road).  The doors open at 6 pm with the event beginning at 6:30 pm.  Come out and cheer for a team. $30 admission for food, beverages (wine and beer available for purchase), dessert, music and entertainment provided by Country Cruizers and FUN!!!  Not only will you have a fun evening, you will be supporting CCLC in its mission of free adult literacy tutoring in our community. Call (301.934.6488) or email (charlescountyliteracy@comcast.net) for more info.