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Upshur County Library Literacy Council Needs Your Help!

The Upshur County Library Literacy Council believes that education can unlock human potential.  We also believe that every adult should have the opportunity for education at any stage of their life.   Every year, we provide our services free of charge to adults who earn degrees, certifications, and the education they need to change their lives, the lives of their families, and our community.

Our program began in 1988 when Sue Williams – a retired public school teacher – saw the need for an adult education program in Gilmer, Upshur County, and the surrounding area.  Our students range in age from 16-72.  In fact, we are the only program in this area that will accept students that are 16 years old.  We provide an avenue for these younger students to gain their GED and continue their education or enter the workforce.  We also work in collaboration with Kilgore College and the Texas Workforce Commission.

We need your help to continue our mission.  That is why we’d like you to consider donating to our program.  On August 29th, upon returning to work from the weekend, we discovered a water leak in the bathroom upstairs.  Due to the 58,000 gallons of water (which ran all weekend), we suffered devastating damage.  This leak caused structural and cosmetic damage to the house. Luckily, we have insurance, however, because our building is quite old, the insurance company will adjust for depreciation, which leaves us with a deficit as we prepare for renovations.   Our contractor estimated the damage at over $106,000.00. You can see pictures of the damage on our Facebook page.

Donate now and learn more about the important role of the Upshur County Library Literacy Council in furthering education for our community members. Visit us at

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