Thank You!!

You made the 2014 Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale a huge success!

We’re already looking ahead to the 2015 sale.  You can begin dropping off your donations for next year’s sale at our McAlister Square center on Monday, September 8th . You will be able to drop off your donations Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm.

We’ve posted feedback from a couple shoppers, below:

Mary Ann Pires of Greenville  wrote a letter to GreenvilleOnline expressing her love of the sale! Click here to read it.


“In case you wonder if your book sale makes people happy, here is proof.  My daughter took this picture of her 3 year old. Tonight, while she was putting to bed his younger brother, he arranged all the books she had purchased for him at the Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Salein the order that he wanted them read to him.  Many of them were bilingual, which means that his father could work with him on his Spanish.  He even brought one with him to church this morning, which he “read” during his cousin’s baptismal service.
Thanks to you, your staff and your volunteers for putting together such a mammoth event!  Please know that you make it very affordable for young families to get excited about books and reading.”

Young Reader

Preview Party Tickets (Online Purchase)

If you prefer to do your shopping  during our Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale in a less crowded, more relaxed atmosphere, the  Preview Party is perfect for you!  You’ll get the luxury of shopping the evening before the actual sale and enjoy light hors d’oeurves and wine while you do it! 

Join us Friday, August 15th at McAlister Square.

For information on ticket prices and to purchase tickets online, click here.

Liz Murray: From Homeless to Harvard to Greenville

Liz Murray’s life was portrayed in the movie, Homeless to Harvard, and she is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.  Ms. Murray shared her incredible story here in Greenville at the GLA hosted event: From Homeless to Harvard to Greenville on August 7th at the Greenville Country Club.

Pictures from the event will be posted here soon!

GLA Summer Schedule

ALL learning centers will be closed on Fridays during the months of June, July and August.  Please see a program manager at your center for any questions and/or concerns.

**Our Downtown (McAlister Square) center will still open, for book donations only, on Fridays .  If you need to drop off books on a Friday, please call 864-467-3456,  and someone will come out to the loading dock and help you with your books.

Volunteers Needed: Tutors (Golden Strip & Greer )


The Golden Strip and Greer Learning Centers will be expanding their programs to offer evening classes Monday-Thursday, starting the week of June 2nd.  To do so, the centers need ESL and ABE tutors!  Both centers have volunteer opportunities  are available for ALL levels of ESL and ALL GED subjects (reading, writing, math, science and social studies).

For more information  about opportunities at Simpsonville/Golden Strip Learning Center, call (864) 688-2212 or email Harriet at
For more info about opportunities at the Greer Learning Center, email Jennifer at

Tutor In-Service Wrap-Up

Thank you to all of the presenters and volunteers who made out 2014 Spring In-Service and  Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast a great success. 

You will find a list of topics that were covered and some pictures from the event, below.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Sessions:
Number Sense – Marti Johnson
Reading Strategies for Language Arts, Science & Social Studies – Anna Woodham and Tiffany Cherry
Hands-on Activities for ABE Classrooms -  Bonnie Anderson, Kaila Moon,Laura Scott

 English as a Second Language (ESL) Sessions:
Technology in the ESL Classroom – Tonya Creamer

Improving Student Retention – Tonya Creamer

My Story, My Voice: Defying Expectations

My Story, My Voice: Defying Expectations was a free dramatic storytelling performance, held at the Warehouse Theater (WHT), featuring GLA students.    It was an inspiring evening of autobiographical stories about life defying expectations, written and performed by Greenville Literacy Association students and Furman University Theatre students. The who worked extremely hard with help of acting coaches from Warehouse Theatre and Furman Theatre to prepare their presentations.

Thank you to everyone who came to support our students, it was truly a moving experience.  Also, a big THANK YOU to Furman University Theatre for working with GLA students to write and share their stories. to WHT teaching artists, Prentiss and Kevin, WHT artistic associate, Maegan Azar, GLA volunteer, Katherine Latham, and to the Metropolitan Arts Council for supporting this partnership.

Here are some pictures from the evening: