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Annual Fundraising Event

Saturday, October 16, 11 am until 3 pm at Annapolis Mall near Discoveries Library

Please join us on Saturday, October 16 from 11 am until 3 pm for AACLC’s fundraiser Book Fair.

Browse and choose from a range of used books including children’s books, cookbooks, bestsellers, romance novels, memoirs, mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and much more! Books are $2 for hardbacks, $1 for paperbacks, with bundled book offerings at special prices. Fill a special edition Literacy Council tote bag with your favorite reads for $20! PayPal, Venmo, check, and cash accepted.

We’ll offer gift basket raffles and more. Stay tuned for details. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for breaking news and book previews.

Donate Gently Used Books Now!

photo of three hardback books standing upWe’re accepting gently used books this summer. Please email for drop-off and pick-up information.



Questions or Inquiries

Please email Jane at for more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for this community event.

Your Support & Our Work

Proceeds from the book fair will support our free adult tutoring programs in Anne Arundel County.

The AACLC transforms lives by providing free, convenient, individualized reading, writing, GED, ESL, and math instruction for all interested low-income adults and out-of-school youth who want to improve their skills.

Last year, we recorded more than 13,000 volunteer hours in service to almost 200 out-of-school learners. By serving these students, AACLC is also impacting children, families, workplaces, and the community. Educating vulnerable and underserved low-income adults provides better opportunities for the students and their families. Students are empowered to participate in their children’s education and in our communities, improving equality fates for the next generation and helping to break the cycle of poverty.

Find out more about us.

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We’re already planning our October Book Fair and collecting books that we will sell to raise funds for our free tutoring programs. The date and location for the event are TBD.
The fair will also feature raffles for themed baskets, refreshments, and more.

Donate Books

Bestsellers, fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, cookbooks, etc. are welcome!

Email to get donation drop-off information.

We are also doing pick-ups from your doorstep in Annapolis on Fridays and Glen Burnie on Mondays. Special pick-up and drop-off arrangements may also be made.
We welcome sponsors for this event! Contact Jane for more information about supporting our Book Fair.
Stay tuned to our social channels and Literacy Council emails for updates and developing plans. Thank you!
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We are happy to share the good news that we are planning in-person events for the fall.

Tutor Training Session

If you know someone who would like to join our team of tutors in Anne Arundel County, we are having a Volunteer Tutor Training Session on Saturday, September 25. Please spread the word or join us.

We will provide training for literacy, ESL, math, and high school diploma prep tutoring.
Anyone interested in becoming a tutor should email Jane at to sign up.
Current tutors are welcome to join us for a refresher. Space is limited, so please be sure to RSVP.

First-Annual Book Fair

The Literacy Council is hosting our first-ever fundraiser Book Fair in October. This summer, we are collecting used books that we will sell at the October event to raise money for our free tutoring programs. Please stay tuned for updates.
All of us at the Literacy Council wish you a happy and safe summer.
With Many Thanks,
Jane Seiss, Executive Director AACLCJane Seiss, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
410-926-5797 (cell)

Student Success: Robert

June 24, 2021

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Robert Smith


Robert Advances Toward an Associate’s Degree at AACC

His tutor shares about her student’s perseverance and success.

“Five years ago, Robert Smith began his journey with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. With the help and encouragement of the staff and tutors at AACLC together with his hard work and dogged determination, he accomplished more than he ever thought possible. Rob has completed his English and Math requirements at Anne Arundel Community College and has acquired half of the credits for an associate’s degree.
“Rob is especially grateful to his tutors, Barbara, Janet, and Evie, who were instrumental in his success. He feels blessed to have had wonderful professors at AACC. He is so appreciative of the help and encouragement he received from the Student Achievement and Success Program at the college.
“Rob told me that he feels better as a human being and can’t thank everyone enough. As his math tutor for four years, I found the experience of working with Rob, seeing his progress, and the perseverance he demonstrated, one of the most rewarding of my teaching career. Can you believe he passed Statistics, taking it online during the pandemic and getting help from me over the phone?
“I know all of us who have worked with Rob are so proud of him and are grateful to have been part of his journey.”
Evie Robbins,
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Through a special workplace program, a tutor honored the Literacy Council with a gift.

Our many thanks to tutor Rebecca Lambert and her employer for their support through a charitable giving program. Because she is an AACLC volunteer, Rebecca was eligible to nominate the Literacy Council for a gift from her workplace: Rosen, Sapperstein & Friedlander (RS&F). In March, we were selected for their support!

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Alicia and her tutor Nancy Robinson


Through hard work and one-on-one lessons, Alicia achieves a dream

“I met Alicia in the Fall of 2019 and although I was very nervous to start tutoring, especially an ESL student (she was my first), I was quickly put at ease by her kind and gentle manner.
“After getting to know each other, I saw that even though she worked full-time, Alicia was the type of person that was sought by friends and family, as she always found time to help others. I soon realized that our pleasant conversation was as valuable to her as the lessons in the book. Her progress was swift, and a ripple effect quickly occurred within her community. She was more confident when engaging the staff at her granddaughter’s school and she delighted in the help she could offer neighbors who were struggling with forms at the U.S. Post Office.
“We stopped meeting shortly after 2020 began as the new year presented many challenges for us, along with the rest of the world. When I resumed tutoring Alicia earlier this year, I was totally impressed! Alicia had memorized all the answers to the citizenship test during our time apart. In my Zoom lessons with her, I was getting a government and history refresher from my student!
“I am thrilled to say that Alicia passed her citizenship test in April and will soon be attending her Naturalization Oath Ceremony. Congratulations to Alicia for achieving her goal!”
Nancy Robinson,
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Student successes

This month, please read enjoy two remarkable success stories made possible by student persistence and volunteer tutor dedication. Alicia and Nancy and Jordana, Susann, Marjorie, and Shirley confirm that our individualized approach works and helps make dreams come true! Click below for their stories:

The importance of adult literacy

Check out this link for facts on the importance of adult literacy and more on why our work matters.

For information on how and where to get the COVID vaccine — and how to get a ride to your appointment, CLICK HERE.

211 Maryland: Help is a call or text away

For anyone facing difficulties, dialing 2-1-1 connects callers with trained health and human services personnel who provide guidance and help with a range of needs from utility assistance to legal guidance to mental health help.

211 help is available in more than 100 languages. Please see to know all that the service offers. Calls are confidential, and there is a texting option as well.

Anne Arundel County Community Warmline

Available 24/7 at 410-768-5522

The Anne Arundel County Community Warmline is always open to help anyone experiencing stress, depression, or anxiety. Access mental health, substance misuse, and grief counseling. Get referrals and support.

For more information, visit


With Many Thanks,

Jane Seiss, Executive Director AACLCJane Seiss, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
410-926-5797 (cell)
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All Marylanders & AA County residents 16 and over are eligible for vaccination.

Walk-ups now accepted at state & county vaccine clinics.

Visit Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccination information site at for details on vaccine clinics or to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination site.
Anne Arundel County’s Department of Health is also running local clinics and there is a Mass Vaccination site at the USNA Stadium. Find more here:

Car imageCounty Transportation to COVID Vaccine Clinic Appointments is Available

To coordinate transportation, call 410-222-3663 (TTY 7-1-1), Monday – Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. Read more about this program here.
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Many of our social challenges are made worse by low literacy.

According to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, 130 million Americans struggle with low literacy. Get the facts about adult literacy and its impact on children, earnings and employment, health, and more on ProLiteracy’s website.

Some ways our work matters…

This month marks the 50th anniversary of NPR’s (National Public Radio) first on-air original broadcast. Over the years, the organization has featured a broad range of education coverage, including stories about literacy. Here’s a compelling piece from 2018 that talks about adult literacy efforts and the impacts programs like ours have on students’ lives.

This moving video on the power of literacy is a popular part of AACLC’s training program — it is worth revisiting and sharing!

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Jordana, AACLC successful student


Jordana’s goal of training for the National Guard made possible by her diligent work with our tutors.

This winter and spring, Jordana worked with three AACLC tutors to improve her skills so that she could retake the ASVAB military entrance test* and score well enough to qualify for a Military Police training program with the National Guard.
Jordana had individual virtual sessions with Susann Felton, Marjorie Rawhouser, and Shirley Theimer. They studied math, science, and English.
“Jordana and I worked on the general science and mechanical comprehension sections of the ASVAB,” Marjorie, also a professor at AACC, said. “The general science is particularly challenging because it covers so much subject matter (basic biology, genetics, chemistry, physics, meteorology, geology, astronomy, and more). Jordana really worked hard to learn all of it.”
“Jordana and I met by Zoom 10 times during the month of her intensive preparation,” Shirley explained. “My charge was to focus exclusively on the word knowledge test. Susann generously loaned me two valuable resources: her copies of the ‘ASVAB for Dummies’ and Kaplan’s ASVAB book. Jordana and I began by reviewing the entire Dummies book. Then we worked on the supplemental material it provides for prefixes, suffixes, and root words. I augmented that book by occasionally creating practice tests for her, using the hardest words in the Dummies book, the Kaplan book, and words I encountered during the week.”
Jordana recently retook the ASVAB and on May 4, she received her results. She scored high enough to enlist with the occupational group of her choice.
“All three tutors agree she is incredible and one of the hardest working most dedicated students we have encountered,” noted Susann, who tutored Jordana in math. “She went from an initial score in the teens to a final in the sixties.”
“She is an exceptional young woman with impressive brainpower,” Shirley added.
Jordana praises each of her tutors for giving her confidence and helping her understand new ideas and concepts. Without their help and guidance, she doesn’t think her score would have doubled.

Congratulations, Jordana!

Thank you, Susann, Marjorie, and Shirley, for your dedication to Jordana and our programs.
*ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. The Literacy Council is working with potential recruits who wish to prepare for the test. They are referred to us by local Army Recruiting Stations.