Frequently Asked Questions

Book Sale

Frequently Asked Questions about the Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale

Where can I donate books?

You can donate books by dropping them off at the Greenville location in McAlister Square. 
225 South Pleasantburg Drive, Suite C-10, Greenville, SC 29607. Please call (864) 467-3456 for assistance.

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Is the drop-off for book donations in the main area (entrance) and is it a bin or do you take them to a certain location inside the Center?

The drop-off location is in the back of the building. Turn into McAlister Square using the entrance on S. Pleasantburg Dr nearest the Publix. Continue straight past the Greenville Technical College registration building, then turn left and proceed straight behind McAlister Square. You will see a black canopy with "SC Works" on it. Park at the curb and call our main number: 864-467-3456 to let us know you are there.  Please do not deliver books during rainy weather.

Note: We cannot accept books that have been rained on.

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When do you accept donations?

We accept books all throughout the year at our McAlister Square location. You can call the main office at (864) 467-3456 for more information and for assistance with unloading books. The hours to drop off books during the week are Monday-Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM.

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Do you pick up large quantities?

Please call our main office at (864) 467-3456 for more help with large quantity pick-ups.

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Can I get a receipt for my donations for tax purposes?

Yes, you can. Please call (864) 467-3456 for more information.

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I am looking for specific books. Can you help me find them?

Unfortunately, we do not sell books throughout the year except through our Amazon store. Please click here to browse our available selection. Otherwise, you may find what you are looking for at the Book Sale, August 13 & 14, 2016. 

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Yes! There will be a large section dedicated to children’s books. We get a lot of teachers at our sale each year.

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Do you sell autobiographies?

Yes, we have a large selection of autobiographies.

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What is the date for this year's book sale?

The book sale is August 12 & 13, 2017. Please check the Annual Events page for more information on specific dates and times.

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Do you accept CDs and other media donations?

Yes, we do accept CDs. For a full list of what we do and do not accept, click here.

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If I attend the Preview Party can I purchase books then?

Yes, you will be able to purchase books in a setting that is much less hectic and crowded. Please check the Annual Events page for more details. 

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I noticed wine will be served at the preview. Does that mean it’s 21+?

Preview Party is open to all ages. If you want to indulge in beer or wine, you must be at least 21.

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For the clearance sale on Sunday, do we bring our own bag or are they provided. If we bring our own, can we bring more than one?

You will need to purchase a bag at the sale for $10. If you fill up that bag, you will be able to purchase another for $10. There is no additional cost for the books you are able to fit to the top of the bag.

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What kind of payment is accepted at the book sale?

We accept cash, check and credit card. You must have a minimum purchase of $10 for credit card purchases.

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Adult Education
I work first shift. Can I take evening classes?

Greenville Literacy offers both morning and evening classes. Click here to find the learning center closest to you. Then contact that learning center to learn more about registration and class times at that center.

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Do you offer GED or high school equivalency (HSE) classes?

Yes, Greenville Literacy offers classes to help prepare students to take the GED or high school equivalency test. Please contact the learning center closest to you to learn more.

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Can I take the GED test at Greenville Literacy?

No, Greenville Literacy does not administer the GED test. You can find more information about taking the GED test at www.gedtestingservice.com.

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How much does it cost to take classes?

There is a $20 fee for each session. This fee will be waived for SNAP recipients upon verification. 

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When are the class times?

Greenville Literacy offers a variety of class times. Please contact the learning center closest to you to find out more about registration and enrollment. Click here to find the nearest center.

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I am ready to take my GED test. How do I get started?

If you are ready to take your GED test, please contact your program managers. They will be happy to help you. If you are not currently a student at GLA, you can learn more about taking the GED test by visiting gedtestingservice.com.

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Can I take classes at GLA if I live in a different county?

Yes, you can. Please contact the center closest to you to learn more. Click here for a list of our centers.

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English Classes
How much does it cost to take classes?

There is a $20 fee for each session. 

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Can my child come take English classes?

Unfortunately, we are only allowed to teach adults. You must be age 17 or older to take classes at Greenville Literacy.

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I am only going to be in Greenville for a short time. Can I still come take English classes?

Please contact the learning center closest to where you will be staying in order to discuss your plans to stay in Greenville and learn if we have classes that will suit your schedule. Click here to find the right center for you.

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When are the class times?

Greenville Literacy offers a classes at various times. Please contact the learning center closest to you by clicking here to learn more about registration and available classes.

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Volunteering
I am interested in volunteering. How do I start?

The best way to introduce you to Greenville Literacy tutoring opportunities is to schedule a time and day to tour the learning center where you'd like to volunteer. It is also a good idea to observe some classes while there. This gives you a better of idea of the teaching process. After you have completed your tour and class observation, a Program Manager at that learning center will sign you up for the workshop. Please click here for the phone number and address of the learning centers. 

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What kind of commitment is expected?

Although there is no specific length of service we require, for the benefit of the students, we would like you to commit to a class for at least one full session (8-12 weeks). Most volunteers continue to tutor for several sessions, and some tutor for many years. 

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Will I work with a group of students or one-on-one?

A variety of opportunities are available to work with groups and/or one-on-one. A program manager will work with you to meet your preferences.

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What subjects do you offer?

We offer classes for English as a Second Language, Basic Math, Reading and Writing skills, and Pre-GED Prep. From time to time as students show interest we also offer Citizenship classes, Life Skills classes, or Study Skills classes. We also offer introduction to computer classes for enrolled students.

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What if I need to go on vacation?

Just let your program manager know in advance. The more advance notice given, the more likely we’ll be able to find a substitute for your group. Additionally, if you’d be interested in substituting for another class, just let us know.

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How long do the classes last? How often do they meet?

The classes last between 8-12 weeks depending on the center. Most classes meet twice a week (again depending on the center) and the classes last about 1½ hours. We offer classes in both the morning and the evening. You can let the Program Manager know which time meets your schedule. 

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How much time per week do I volunteer?

Most of our tutors volunteer once or twice a week for an hour to an hour and a half each class.

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Will I have support?

Yes. Each learning center has program managers who provide guidance and support to volunteers. Prior to tutoring, you will observe classes and attend an 8 hour training workshop to prepare you to tutor adult students. In addition, Tutor In-Services trainings are held twice a year to provide both peer and staff support to tutors.

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How do I get started?

Find the closest center to your work or home. Contact the program manager at the center or complete the "Become a Tutor" form on the website. Print and complete the volunteer application and agreement form and bring them to your class observation. Complete a background check. Register and attend a tutor training workshop.

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Are there other volunteer opportunities besides tutoring?

Yes! You can be part of the Greenville Literacy Association volunteer team in a number of exciting ways: math and skills lab instructors, WorkKeys instructors, volunteer trainers, computer lab assistants, office helpers, or volunteers for our Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale.

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Do I have to be able to speak another language?

No. We actually prefer tutors to only speak English. The more English students hear, the quicker they learn! Classes are taught in English. It can be a plus for tutors to speak another language for general communication purposes, but with multi-cultural classes, it’s not likely that a tutor could speak every student’s language.

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What does the training include? Why is it helpful?

Training for new tutors is available on Saturdays at McAlister Square throughout the year. Be sure to check with program managers for dates and availability. The training helps orientate new volunteers to GLA and provides important information about tutoring adults, lesson planning and materials. A trainer and a program manager are part of each training session. The cost for the training workshop is $20, which covers materials. Tutors will receive a Greenville Literacy certificate at the end of the training.

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How long do students stay in the program?

It varies. Some students achieve their goals quickly, and others may take longer due to lower education levels or changes in their personal lives. Students make quicker progress when they attend classes more frequently. Over 50% of students attend 30 hours or more per year.

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What is the difference between ABE and ESL?

ABE stands for Adult Basic Education. Students in this program upgrade reading, writing, and math skills and prepare for the GED. ESL denotes English as a Second Language. This program helps international students improve their ability to speak English.

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How much preparation time will I need?

It varies. At first, you will need more time until you begin to feel comfortable with lesson planning. Many tutors will spend between 30 minutes to 1 hour preparing an interactive lesson that focuses on a specific objective. Again, a little practice helps the process. Program managers will help you with resources, ideas and feedback.

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Where can I volunteer?

Greenville Literacy has three learning centers. Click here to see the phone numbers and addresses for each center. Choose the one that is most convenient to your home or work. Needs and volunteer opportunities will vary from center to center.

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How old do I have to be to volunteer with GLA?

You must be at least 18 years old and have to at least have a high school diploma to volunteer with GLA.

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