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Sep 25, 2023

Our conversation today with Andy Gail, Executive Director for Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area gave us an update on several of their adult learning programs as well as details about the wide variety of topics they cover through classes and tutoring.

Andy also gave a few statistics about how many books they're sending to children in the city of Winchester, Frederick & Clarke Counties through their partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. The program was developed in 1995 by Dolly for her hometown of Sevier County, Tennessee. She wanted every preschool child to have their own library of books. Learn more about it here: 

As part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, sponsorships finance the cost of books and mailing. From the day they are born, children who are registered for the program receive a book every month until their fifth birthday. Preschoolers currently living in the City of Winchester, the County of Frederick, or the County of Clarke may enter the program at any time and begin receiving an age-appropriate book every month until their fifth birthday. Families with preschool children who move into the city are eligible to register and become part of the program. If a family has more than one preschool-age child, each child may participate and receive his/her own library. Learn more about how to register your child or become a sponsor of the program by clicking here.

Andy gave us details for several events that are happening in the coming week including Alamo Winchester Film Club’s Lost Weekend XVI Film Festival happening at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema from Thursday, September 28 through Sunday, October 1, 2023. During the event, Film Club will host a silent auction whose proceeds will benefit the Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area. Learn more about the event by clicking here.

Oktoberfest kicks off in Old Town Winchester on September 29, 2023, from 5pm - 10pm. It's the biggest fundraiser of the year for LVWA that features local & regional breweries and live entertainment. Ticket prices will be $30 until the day of the event, and $40 at the gate. Learn more about the event by clicking here.

Stay in the know about programs & events for Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area by visiting their website: and following them on Facebook.