Where: Loretta's Cafe, 114 N. Lexington Ave.
When: Friday, Dec. 7 from 8-11 p.m. $15. Info: http://biblioworks.org
Why: "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free," said abolitionist Frederick Douglass. BiblioWorks, an Asheville-based international nonprofit, has taken this statement to heart. Since 2005, the organization has brought literacy to some of Bolivia's most impoverished regions. The organization has built libraries, supplied books and trained librarians to bring the joy of reading to Bolivians who might not otherwise have access to the written word.
Help bring books into the hands of Bolivians at BiblioWorks' upcoming benefit and holiday auction. Gypsy jazz band One Leg Up will bring the music and Highland Brewing Company will bring the beer. All you need is your wallet and a passion for literacy. Auction items include massage and yoga sessions, day passes to Shoji Spa, Asheville art and Bolivian weavings.
If you can't make it to the auction, donations are accepted year-round. Or pack your bags for South America and volunteer directly. Rural Bolivia might seem far away, but BiblioWorks has the power to connect Asheville to libraries around the world.
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