Star News – Bookmarks: Literacy Council unveils new building

The Cape Fear Literacy Council had a lot to celebrate Wednesday afternoon: 30 years in the Wilmington community, the hard work of 100-plus volunteer tutors and 200-plus non-tutorial volunteers.

Not to mention a brand-new (well, mostly new) building. As program assistant Nancy Buckingham put it, “Now we’re a campus!”

The Literacy Council acquired and renovated the former Harris Landscaping building next to its longtime HQ at 1012 S. 17th St. Mayor Bill Saffo officially cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon on what will be called “Building B,” and a drone flew over to catch aerial photos of the happy crowd.

With roughly 5,800 square feet of space, Building B effectively doubles the Literacy Council’s available classroom space, according to executive director Yasmin Tomkinson. The new structure will primarily be used by the council’s ESOL students, who generally work in a classroom setting. (Adult literacy students mainly work one-on-one with tutors.)

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