Starting in January, ESLC is doing a reading challenge.
Enjoy yourself as you explore genres and themes you might not otherwise select. Read a new book, an old book, a borrowed book, or a store bought book. Curl up with a book. Kick back with a book.
Each month you log a book for the month’s theme, you may claim a reward for that month. Click on the link below to view a printable PDF of the log.
You must visit the Book Bin to get your log stamped and to claim your reward. One monthly reward per reader, while supplies last.
Turn-in your log by noon on December 31, 2021, and qualify for the grand prize.
We also selling tickets for an additional "Cozy up to Reading Basket." Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. They can be purchased at the Book Bin, by calling ESLC at (757) 789-1761, or online by selecting the "Donate" button below. On the payment page that appears, select $5 for one ticket, $10 for two tickets, $20 for five tickets, or "Other Amount" if you'd like a different number of tickets. Please enter an amount that is a multiple of $5.
If you love crossword puzzles, game shows or spelling bees, mark your calendars now and save the date for an evening of fun to benefit the Eastern Shore Literacy Council. Spell-Rite 2021 will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021.starting at 5:30 p.m.
Now in its 20th year, Spell-Rite, an entertaining spelling bee competition, features teams of spellers from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel to the Maryland line, vying for the title “Best Spellers on the Shore”.
A silent auction and dinner will be followed by competition starting at 7:00 p.m. Spell-Rite “Professor” Kelley Gaskill, WESR radio personality, will entertain you with her commentaries. Come join the fun and play along with your favorite team.
Only 150 tickets will be sold. Call 757-789-1961 or email email@example.com for sponsorship opportunities, to donate to the silent auction or to purchase tickets.
Proceeds will help provide free tutoring for adults needing to improve reading skills.
A beautiful day for a wonderful group of Literacy Council volunteers to place 125 flags at the Eastern Shore Family YMCA. honoring everyday heroes. The flags were sponsored by individuals in our community in honor of or in memory of a personal hero past or present who inspired them.
The Literacy Council thanks everyone who supported our Flags for Heroes Project and to Joe, Wanda, Michael, Jackie, Diane and Rhonda and Karen for creating a beautiful and inspiring display.
As we give thanks for the blessings in our lives let us honor these and all heroes in our lives.
Our thanks to all the businesses and individuals who are supporting our Flags for Heroes fundraiser:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eastern Shore Literacy Council
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September 29, 2020
Literacy Council Announces Flags for Heroes
Melfa, VA. – American flags flying in the wind can be a breathtaking sight. Be part of our tribute to the heroes in our lives, past and present. This is your chance to honor your personal hero and celebrate those who have inspired you. Heroes can be anyone you know or have known. Heroes include, but are not limited to military, first-responders, or other personal heroes, friends, family members, health professionals, clergy, or anyone who has been a hero in your life. Each flag on display at the Eastern Shore Family YMCA will be identified with your name and the name of your hero. Flags will be on display starting November 7.
Flags for Heroes is organized and presented by the Eastern Shore Literacy Council, a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Flag sponsorships provide funding that allows the Literacy Council to continue to provide free tutoring to adults over the age of 18 who want to improve reading skills through two programs, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Three flag sizes are available and sponsorship forms can be either downloaded from the link below or found at many local businesses. Pick up a form at
Honor a hero in your life. Reserve your flag today. Deadline is October 20.
This year, our annual campaign is featuring our learner Asuman. Please read her story and contribute and/or volunteer with ESLC so we can continue supporting learners such as she.
Taking into consideration the health and safety of all who are a part of our Spell Rite Spelling Bee, we have made the decision to cancel the event scheduled for September 25.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the event in April 2021.
We wish everyone continued good health and safety during these challenging times.
We are researching ways to reach our learners without face to face interaction so that we are able to continue our mission to improve Literacy on the Shore. We need your help in identifying ways that we can do that-given the spotty internet service here. We have used Zoom successfully with DSL and fiber but are unsure if that would work using satellite services. If you have used Zoom or another visual networking solution via satellite internet can you please let us know how it worked? Have you used a service with a community "hot spot"? Any advice is welcome and much appreciated.
Please read this important information and share it on your personal Facebook pages. This is a terrible response rate and will impact our future.
"Local Census2020 response as of 5/10/2020
Accomack – 31.8%- Northampton – 35.1%
The final response 2010 was 35% Accomack and 36.3 Northampton.
It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home via online or via calling 844-330 2020. Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends, and loved ones to complete the census via social media and emails The less people respond – the more volunteers will have to visit people at home – not a good idea.
Responding to the census is important because it helps inform funding for key public services for your community like libraries, education programs and schools, hospitals and healthcare, roads and bridges, and emergency and disaster response. Encourage people to respond online at https://my2020census.gov/
Want to see your town response rate? Go to above website, click on top left “Get the facts” pull down menu and select “Response map”. Choose Virginia then either City or County.
This information is courtesy of University of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Foundation.