GFWC members promote education at all levels. We help others, while continuing to learn ourselves. Projects in the Education and Libraries Community Service Program are designed to foster schools and educational institutions, and to promote literacy, libraries, and the love of a good book. We encourage the growth of individuals and communities at home and around the world. Education has been a cornerstone of GFWC. Our founder, Jane Cunningham Croly formed the General Federation of Women’s Clubs “to support clubs throughout the nation and further their efforts at providing education, improved working conditions, health care, scholarships, and other reforms.” Consider these project ideas lifelong learning as well as the preservation of books and libraries.
Establish a working relationship with librarians at your local libraries to plan beneficial services, programs, and activities. Libraries bring people together. Engage your members to participate with their ideas, talent, and time. Bring cohesion to the Education and Libraries by helping
people learn and grow by offering training classes for all ages: computer skills, lunch and learn workshops, GED, ESL, literacy, current topics for seniors, and more.
Collaborate activities with your schools to enhance enthusiasm for students to use the library for reading and resources. Create programs for teens with an emphasis on issues they face daily using library resources. Is there a need for a book delivery service for shut-ins or books on
tape for the visually impaired? Sponsor a contest to name a library mascot or to design a button or bookmark. Be creative and enthusiastic.
Greensboro Woman’s Club (GWC) members created a mobile Story Walk which featured the book “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle. The first installation of the story was on the grounds of the local public library. Children could walk or run from page to page, reading and reacting to the story. Approximately 60 children participated during the first week of the Story Walk. GWC members then moved the portable Story Walk to more than 15 locations during the spring and summer. Children at various schools, libraries, and parks had an opportunity to take a walk and read the story independently or with their families.
1903 – Traveling libraries were started in NC. A total of 92 traveling libraries, later known as bookmobiles, were
donated to the State Library Commission.
1930 – Educational pilgrimage of 186 adult women and men night school students to Washington, DC in support
of adult education. Their initial efforts led to the establishment of the Extension Division of the University of
1965 – Combined with the Sallie Southall Cotten Loan Fund established in 1913, the new Sallie Southall Cotten
Scholarship became an annual four-year renewable scholarship.
2008 – Contributed over $70,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway Parks As Classrooms Project.