This is a course taught over 4 sessions to help those enrolled or preparing to enroll in Medicare, or those providing care to a loved one who utilizes Medicare, understand how to navigate today’s increasingly complex healthcare system. Each session builds upon the previous session.Topics will include Healthcare Access Points, Insurance/Medicare, Billing and Explanation of Benefits. Call the Etowah Library to to sign up! 828.891.6577. View the flyer!

The sessions are from 10:00 am - 11:30 am on the following dates:

August 28
September 11
September 25
October 9

*This FREE program is made possible with funds provided by the Community
Foundation of Henderson County through the Richard J. and Betty A. Scott Estate.

United Way JanAnd Autumn

The donation was used to fund a required training for Jan Lanier, our staff person who facilitates the Family Literacy classes. Abriendo Puertas, the curriculum we use for Family Literacy, published a new edition and is requiring facilitators to receive the update certification. Jan attended the excellent training in late June, and will be implementing the new edition in our next session.

Here is an article from Times News.

Autumn Weil

Blue Ridge Literacy Council

Executive Director


For Immediate Release

Blue Ridge Literacy Council Introduces Alphabetta Bear Quest

Hendersonville, NC June 20, 2019 – The Alphabetta Bear Quest is a fun way to involve our community in a search of this beautiful hand-painted bear located on Third Avenue in Downtown Hendersonville. Search high and low on the bear’s coat to try and find the hidden tribute. All correct entries will be placed in a drawing to receive a gift basket with an autographed "Miss Julia inherits A Mess" by Ann B. Ross, A New York Times Best Seller, items from Gaia Herbs, and a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. The winner will be notified on 10/3/19. Two generous philanthropists sponsored the bear and the brilliant artist used her talent to bring Alphabetta to life.

Alphabetta Bear was painted by Wendy Brusick in memory of Theodore and Lillian Brusick, lovers of literacy and life-long learning. “We are grateful for the generous gift of Alphabetta Bear, and want to have some fun with the community exploring her alphabet coat and mountain scene. After all, we learn to read so that we can read to learn,” shared Autumn Weil, Executive Director. Visit to enter your guess or email

The Blue Ridge Literacy Council is the only 501©3 dedicated to transforming lives through improved literacy and English communication skills in Henderson County.



Alphabetta Bear, wearing her coat of many letters, celebrates literacy – understanding how the letters of the alphabet dance together to create meaning and shared knowledge through the written word. Literacy transforms lives!

The Blue Ridge Literacy Council and its volunteer tutors partner with adults who are learning to read and write, are improving their English, or are acquiring important life skills. The council assists these committed learners to gain the knowledge they need to reach their potential and participate more fully in community life.

The Blue Ridge Literacy Council was chosen to be the recipient of the 40th week in Rug & Home's 52 Weeks of Giving Program. The rug was donated by Rug & Home to help support charities and nonprofits. We are so incredibly thankful for their generosity and hope this cozy rug invites you to enjoy some reading while here in our office. Be sure to stop by and see it in person while checking out the books in our resource library!

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