In June 2012, Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County (LVCC) lost its full-time director. Since that time, it has rebounded, continuing its mission of helping adults in Chautauqua County to gain literacy and English language skills needed to secure employment and advance in the workforce. The LVCC office is located at 21 E. Second S. in Dunkirk. With some organizational and assessment services provided by Amy Lawrence, associate executive director of Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc., volunteers at LVCC continue to tutor adults working on literacy, math, and English language skills.
The building at 21 E. Second St. is also home to the 21 East Bookstore, where gently used books can be purchased for low cost. Hardcovers are priced at $3, and paperbacks are priced at $2. Children's books each cost $1. Approximately every four to six weeks, 21 East Bookstore holds a "Super Sale," during which nearly all the hardcovers cost $1 and paperbacks are marked at 50 cents. The 21 East Bookstore also has a collection of rare and antique books, which are priced individually based on market value. All books are obtained through donations. Donations may be dropped off when the bookstore is open, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, the Castleman Quartet Program will be performing at 21 East Bookstore from 2 to 4 p.m. The Quartet Program, which is in residence at SUNY Fredonia from June 9-28, includes gifted string players ages 14-30 from 25 states, Canada, Japan, China, and Korea. This free performance is a great chance to come by LVCC to check out the bookstore and enjoy excellent music. Light refreshments will also be served.
LVCC will also have an exhibit at the Chautauqua County Fair on Tuesday, July 23. Come by the exhibit to learn more about the services provided by LVCC, including how to become a volunteer tutor.