Clallam County Literacy Council

Preparing Bookworm Reading Contest prize boxes Children with their book prizes Reading time with grandpa

What We Do

Focus on Early Literacy CCLC members recognize that helping young families, especially those struggling with poverty, understand the value of reading to their children is invaluable. By working with agencies which serve young families the Council hopes to make a difference in the academic success of children.

Food Banks CCLC provides free books (new and used) at the Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks and Neah Bay Food Banks. Adults and children can choose a free book. Children living in poverty own between 0 to 5 books - it is critical to help children become readers and getting books into their hands does this.

Books for Foster Children Books are provided to all children as they enter the foster care system to help their circumstances in a meaningful way, to give them something that is theirs, and encourage them to read and hopefully be read to.

New Mom Books Baby books are given to all mothers as they leave Olympic Medical Center and Forks Community Hospital, along with material about the importance of reading to children starting at birth.

Adult Tutoring Free, private, one-on-one tutoring is available for any person in Clallam County age 16+ not currently enrolled in school. Contact United Way at (360)457-3011, to volunteer as a tutor or request a tutor.

January Bookworm Reading Contest CCLC sponsors an annual reading contest throughout Clallam County in all County schools K - 8 (over 6,000 students), tribal Schools K - 8 (about 100 students), all County Head Start programs (over 300 children), some child care and preschool centers, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and all North Olympic Library branches. Nearly 1000 books are given away during the contest.

Public Awareness Campaign Read 20 minutes a day to children. The goal of this campaign is to stress the importance of reading to children from birth. The single most important step CCLC can take to assure children's success in life is to help them become readers. Reading 20 minutes a day exposes children to more than 1 million words a year which is critical to later academic success.

Bookworm Club Over 175 businesses and organizations now have a basket of children's books available for children to read (or be read to) while visiting. Over 2,500 books have been placed in these baskets.

Family Literacy Day In partnership with the North Olympic Library System, CCLC celebrates Family Literacy Day on the first Saturday in November in partnership with demonstrations, books, prizes and reading and other fun activities.

Community EventsFree books are distributed to children and adults at Kids Fest, Irrigation Festival Kids Day, Family Fun Day, Clallam Bay Sekiu Fun Days, Dungeness Kids Fair, Young Adult Fair, and Transition Fair.

Agency Book Distribution Books are donated annually on request to agencies serving low income families for distribution (in 2010 books were distributed to Baby Face in La Push, an annual holiday fair in La Push and Clallam Bay/Sekiu, Juvenile Services, Boys & Girls Club, OlyCAP Children's Party, Peninsula College Adult Basic Education Programs, and others).

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