Thank you for supporting Ex Libris. The 2019 event was the best attended dinner in our 30 year history. Please check back in a few days to see pictures from the event and fundraising totals. Here is a link to the video shown at the event: https://www.oaklandliteracy.com/images/OLCVideo2019.mp4
This year the Oakland Literacy Council has been collecting stories from our students, tutors, and long-time advocates. I have been amazed how these stories weave together to form a beautiful tapestry of our collective work. Your stories are also a part of this rich tapestry and the reason we have decided to make the theme of this year’s Ex Libris benefit dinner The Stories That Weave Us Together.
The Oakland Literacy Council is pleased to bring a keynote speaker to this year’s event with a riveting family story of his own. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Detroit native David Maraniss’s newest book, A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father, weaves together his family’s ordeal of fear and triumph during a dark period in our country’s recent history. Set in Detroit, the book is his twelfth in an impressive list of best sellers.
I invite you to become attend this year’s Ex Libris dinner. Your support of our largest fundraising event of the year will equip adults with essential literacy skills and empower them to weave the next chapter in their personal story.
Your gift will truly change lives. The Oakland Literacy Council is the only nonprofit agency solely dedicated to ending adult illiteracy in Oakland County. Former students who once held dead end jobs now own businesses that help our communities thrive. Students who were unable to complete a medical history form now take change of their health. Students who came to this country as immigrants now participate in our democracy as citizens. Students who struggled to read now read to their children.
This year’s Ex Libris dinner marks two milestones for the Oakland Literacy Council ─ the Council’s 35th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of Ex Libris. We will be honoring our sponsors and other long-time advocates who have watched the Council grow over the years into a beautiful tapestry.
“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.” Sandra Day O’Connor
President, Oakland Literacy Council and Ex Libris 2019 Event Chair