On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Mountain Communities Literacy Council members came together for its second council meeting of the year. On the agenda:
Fox gave an update regarding a YouTube channel discussed in the January meeting. The channel will target both children and adults. Children's videos will include picture book read-alouds. Adult videos will focus on educational topics regarding family literacy.
Belinda Woody told council members that she was in the process of installing a "Little Free Library" at the Micaville post office location. She shared that she had received permission from the postal service to install the library and that she is in the process of procuring a discarded paper box to re-purpose for the project. Woody also gave members more information regarding the registration and stewardship of the Little Free Libraries from their websites. Members stated that they would like to see the libraries sponsored in all communities. Stacey McEntyre-Greene shared a possible location and noted that she could help with the upkeep of the library if one were to be placed there. Jeannie Jones offered the use of a large number of children's books for the libraries. Woody and Vivian Stevens discussed where good, used books could be found for the project.
Karen Gurley discussed the need for a council member who could act as a contact for local newspapers. Belinda Woody volunteered to be the contact person. Fox shared that if the papers would run them, she and Gurley would provide the columns. Gurley also stressed the importance of the council's social media pages and encouraged members to share and promote the MCLC Facebook page.
Gurley also shared a community event opportunity with the group. She suggested that the council apply for a small area at a local craft show in order to read picture books aloud to any children who might attend the show and to hand out literature regarding literacy and MCLC. After a discussion, the group agreed that it would be a good opportunity for the ouncil. Gurley noted that she would contact the event coordinator to see if there was space available for such an activity.
McEntyre-Greene reminded the council of the importance of seeking donations from the community and council members. A discussion regarding placing a donation jar/basket at community events and at monthly council meetings took place. McEntyre-Greene also shared information about a potential partnership with a South Carolina resident who has ties to WNC and currently funds projects in two local elementary schools.
McEntyre-Greene discussed a project focused on military families. This project is implemented through the government's Civil Rights Data Collection program. It focuses on children in military homes.
The last order of business involved discussing community members that could be approached about joining MCLC. A list of nine names was created. Plans were made for contacting those on the list to introduce them to MCLC and invite them to attend the next meeting. Billie Gurley discussed the idea of inviting a member of the Yancey County Sheriff's Department.
Council members set the next meeting for Thursday, March 24, 2016. Locations for council meetings was briefly discussed. Fox shared that United Community Bank would allow the council to meet in their community room. The public library continued to be an option as well. A third possibility, the Mountain Heritage Center, was also mentioned. At this point, the meeting was adjourned.