The Literacy Council of West Alabama will host its first-ever BookStock event this Saturday 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 a press release from the nonprofit, “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 to be given away.

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

LCWA serves 9 counties including 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.”

Phillip Johnson, the Interim Executive Director of the LCWA, 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.

According to their press release, the National Center for Education Statistics reports that 15% of Alabamians are functionally illiterate, with that number climbing to 25% in some West Alabama communities.

Click here for more details about LCWA and Book Stock.

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