Education and Libraries

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.

  • Promote STEM projects and activities for special needs students.
  • Encourage members and others to foster and support educational opportunities for all ages in their communities.
  • Provide local teachers with supplies for their classrooms, including “treasure chest” stickers or small items that can be used as incentives for positive behavior.
  • Educate members and the community at large on ways to improve low adult and youth literacy rates. Establish reading groups for children, teens or adults or start a book club.
  • Work to stop bullying with blue ribbons, blue ‘pinky swear’ and “Stop Bullying” bracelets or support/fund buddy benches.
  • Celebrate National Library Week and National Library Workers Day in April by saying #ThankYouLibraries on social media with photos and stories about the library. Or, organize a special event for library patrons and staff, such as a book reading by an author.
  • Offer a club education scholarship.
  • Promote and support Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO), open to GFWC members, for self-enrichment and personal growth.
  • Participate in the online GFWC ESO reading book club. The on-line reading book club has selected one book per month from various categories. Search for the Facebook page: GFWC 2020 2022 ESO Book Club. Participate in the on-line GFWC ESO reading book club
  • Support Reach Out & Read Carolinas; Education & Libraries ROR Flyer and Reach Out & Read Carolinas Programs and Information


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
North Carolina.
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.

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