Read to Succeed is VFL's early childhood and youth literacy program. Projects are aimed at providing young people with the tools and training they need to succeed.
BOOK BANK The VFL Book Bank has a collection of thousands of new and gently-used books that are collected and distributed to children and adults throughout Habersham County. Books are provided for five Little Free Libraries, the Kiwanis Christmas Program and for the Feed A Friend/Summer Reading Program. The Book Bank has distributed more than 15,000 books since it opened in 2011. Contact VFL to make a donation.
THE DICTIONARY PROJECT VFL distributes free dictionaries to all third grade public school students in Habersham County. These personal dictionaries assist students with their school work and language development. Why third graders? Studies show that if a child is not reading on his/her grade level by the third grade he/she is more likely to fall behind and, eventually, drop out of school. Click here for more information about The Dictionary Project.
ONE BOOK HABERSHAM All around the country for the last decade people have been coming together to build community through stories. Habersham County has joined this national movement with One Book Habersham. Now in its fifth year people throughout Habersham County Georgia are invited to read and share the same picture book. Click here for more on One Book Habersham.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM VFL partners with local schools and libraries to provide free summer reading programs for kids in Habersham County. The programs are offered in neighborhoods where children and their families can have easy access to them. Activities include reading, arts and crafts, recreation and field trips. Mobile libraries are set up at each location using books from the Book Bank. Children enrolled in the program may check out books for free so they can read them and earn points for prizes throughout the summer. VFL sponsors an end of summer celebration for participants and their families.
SCRIPPS SPELLING BEE VFL sponsors the annual Habersham County Scripps Spelling Bee. The top spellers from Habersham County's eleven elementary and middle schools compete for a chance to advance to the district, state and national Scripps Spelling Bees. Trophies are awarded to all participants and cash prizes are awarded to the county spelling bee champ and runner-up. This community-wide event highlights the importance of literacy and VFL applauds the academic achievements of all Habersham County students who participate. Click here for more information about the Scripps Spelling Bee.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES VFL joined the national Little Free Library movement in 2013. This national program promotes reading by establishing book distribution points throughout communities worldwide. VFL partnered with the Demorest Downtown Development Authority to build and install Habersham County's first Little Free Libraries at Demorest Park and outside the Demorest Post Office on Grant Street. The Piedmont College Department of Education teamed up with VFL to serve as stewards of the libraries, insuring the libraries are maintained and well-stocked with books for readers of all ages. Little Free Libraries also are located in Clarkesville's Pitts Park, Cornelia City Park, Baldwin City Park and at Level Grove Elementary School. In September four new LFLs were added by Clarkesville Boy Scout Troop 5 member Cameron Mote as his Eagle Scout project. They are located in Alto, Mt. Airy City Hall, Tallulah Falls City Hall and the Habersham County Health Department in Demorest. TAKE A BOOK, LEAVE A BOOK...AND ENJOY HABERSHAM COUNTY'S LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES! Click here for more information about Little Free Libraries.