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Clallam County Literacy Council

Who We Are

The council consists of people from throughout the community representing school districts, businesses, agencies, service clubs, and individuals interested in promoting literacy.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clallam County Literacy Council is to promote and support Literacy.

Vision Statement

We work with the vision that one day all people in Clallam County will be literate.

Early Literacy Facts

According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)...

Only 54.3% of Washington students are meeting state standards for Language Arts by 3rd grade.

82.6% of Washington entering kindergartners do not have the language and literacy skills they need.


What We Do

Focus on Early Literacy - CCLC members recognize that helping young families, especially those struggling with poverty, understand the value of reading to their children is invaluable. By working with agencies which serve young families the Council hopes to make a difference in the academic success of children.

Food Banks - CCLC provides free books (new and used) at the Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks and Neah Bay Food Banks. Adults and children can choose a free book. Children living in poverty own between 0 to 5 books - it is critical to help children become readers and getting books into their hands does this.

Books for Foster Children - Books are provided to all children as they enter the foster care system to help their circumstances in a meaningful way, to give them something that is theirs, and encourage them to read and hopefully be read to.

New Mom Books - Baby books are given to all mothers as they leave Olympic Medical Center and Forks Community Hospital, along with material about the importance of reading to children starting at birth.

Adult Tutoring - Free, private, one-on-one tutoring is available for any person in Clallam County age 16+ not currently enrolled in school. Contact United Way at (360)457-3011, to volunteer as a tutor or request a tutor.

January Bookworm Reading Contest - CCLC sponsors an annual reading contest throughout Clallam County in all County schools K - 8 (over 6,000 students), tribal Schools K - 8 (about 100 students), all County Head Start programs (over 300 children), some child care and preschool centers, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and all North Olympic Library branches. Nearly 1000 books are given away during the contest.

Public Awareness Campaign - Read 20 minutes a day to children. The goal of this campaign is to stress the importance of reading to children from birth. The single most important step CCLC can take to assure children's success in life is to help them become readers. Reading 20 minutes a day exposes children to more than 1 million words a year which is critical to later academic success.

Bookworm Club - Over 175 businesses and organizations now have a basket of children's books available for children to read (or be read to) while visiting. Over 2,500 books have been placed in these baskets.

Family Literacy Day - In partnership with the North Olympic Library System, CCLC celebrates Family Literacy Day on the first Saturday in November in partnership with demonstrations, books, prizes and reading and other fun activities.

Community Events - Free books are distributed to children and adults at Kids Fest, Irrigation Festival Kids Day, Family Fun Day, Clallam Bay Sekiu Fun Days, Dungeness Kids Fair, Young Adult Fair, and Transition Fair.

Agency Book Distribution - Books are donated annually on request to agencies serving low income families for distribution (in 2010 books were distributed to Baby Face in La Push, an annual holiday fair in La Push and Clallam Bay/Sekiu, Juvenile Services, Boys & Girls Club, OlyCAP Children's Party, Peninsula College Adult Basic Education Programs, and others).


Get Help

Adult Tutoring- The Clallam County Literacy Council offers free private one to one tutoring for adults. Call (360)457-3011 and leave a message for tutoring coordinator.

Help for agencies serving low literacy clients

Use literacy resource links to pick reading level appropriate books and get tips on beginning reading


Give Help

Become a member of the Clallam County Literacy Council, call or email for meeting time information.

Volunteer as a literacy tutor- training and support are provided, call or email to volunteer.

Include a book with holiday/birthday gifts. Add a book to holiday baskets for donation.

CCLC appreciates any cash contributions you wish to make. Donations are tax deductible and should be made out to United Way- Literacy Council.

Spread the word to read 20 minutes a day to children of all ages!


Literacy Resources

North Olympic Library System

Book Finder

Reading Rockets

Tips for Parents