The Wait is Over!!!

Want to know  exactly where to go when you walk in through the door?

Click the link below for a printable map of the sales floor.

Book sale map 2014


Friday, August 15:  Preview Party 5:30pm-8:00pm – $35 person/$60 couple

Light hors d’oeurves and wine will be served.

Online ticket purchase for Preview Party is CLOSED. You may purchase tickets at the door!!! 

Saturday, August 16:   Early Bird Entry 7:30am-8:30am $10 (pay at the door)
Book Sale 8:30am-4:00pm – Free Entry

Sunday, August 17:   Clearance Bag Sale 1:00pm-4:00pm – Free entry, fill a bag for $10

New this year: Food Trucks!!!

You will no longer have leave the sale to grab something to eat! Now, all you’ll have to do is step outside to the parking lot, refuel at one of these food trucks and then pick up where you left off shopping!  Thoroughfare Food TruckSweetly-Twisted Froyo TruckChocolate Moose, and Kona Ice Greenville SC  and The Chuck Truck are the trucks we’ve lined up to satisfy your taste buds!  Here is the schedule:

Thoroughfare:  Saturday 11am-2pm

Sweetly-Twisted Froyo: Saturday 11am – 4pm & Sunday 1pm – 4pm

Chocolate Moose:  Saturday 11am – 4:30pm Sunday 1pm – 4pm

Kona Ice:  Saturday 10am – 4pm & Sunday 1pm – 4pm

The Chuck Truck:  Saturday 11am – 2pm



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: