About Carthage Family Literacy Council
The purpose and mission of the Carthage Family Literacy Council is to promote early reading to babies (starting at birth) and continuing throughout the early childhood years. Research has shown this is the single most important factor in determining the future success of students.
To address this need, CFLC provides thousands of free new books each year to be distributed through Parents as Teachers in Carthage R-IX and Jasper County. We build and maintain Little Free Libraries for 24/7 access to free kids books around Carthage. CFLC also provides 150+ beautiful newborn book packages per month at Mercy and Freeman Hospitals to encourage parents to read to their child from birth. We provide two generous scholarships annually for CHS graduates planning on going into elementary education. We also support Carthage Public Library financially for their summer reading programs, and partner with Carthage Police Department to include books with gifts for the annual children’s Christmas Party. We partner with Salvation Army to provide free backpacks for their school supply giveaway, and now partner with Head Start in Carthage to provide space for increased enrollment in Early Head Start.