P.O. Box 550
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: 508-771-0211




Last Gasp Update:
Cape Cod Literacy Council receives $12,951 check  for Last Gasp at 
the Cape Cod Charitable FunRaisers “Night of Gratitude” held on 
November 14, 2017. 

CCLC Board members, sponsors and riders enjoy “Night of Gratitude”












Thank you to Team Cape Cod Literacy
all of whom finished the ride with smiles! 

and Thank You to our 2017 Last Gasp Sponsors!   
















Kathryn Carpenter, Executive Director and award winning author, Lauren Wolk

UPDATE:  Wolf Hollow was named a 2017 Newbery Honor Book. Congratulations Lauren!
Read more here.

The Cape Cod Literacy Council is pleased to receive a $250 donation from local author, Lauren Wolk who is the winner of the 2016 New England Book Award (Children’s) for her book, Wolf Hollow. Award winners choose a charity of their choice to receive the monetary reward.

Lauren has been writing her entire life.  This book is based on stories told to her by her mother and takes place in western Pennsylvania where Lauren grew up on the family farm. The theme of the book involves the main character being confronted by a bully and how she deals with it. Wolf Hollow appeals to children and adults alike and Lauren has received praise from both groups as she tours the country.  Readers around the globe are fortunate to read it in Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Turkey and China to name a few.

Besides finishing a second book entitled Beyond the Bright Sea which takes place on Cuttyhunk, she also serves as Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Yarmouth and is also a practicing assemblage artist.

Wolf Hollow is published by Dutton/Penguin Young Readers.

Learn more about Lauren at

Thank you Lauren for your support of the Cape Cod Literacy Council!






Making a Difference on Cape Cod

Thanks to continued community support, the Cape Cod Literacy Council was able to train many Literacy Tutors during 9 hours of workshops in December.

All of the tutors have been placed in classrooms at the Adult Education Center in Hyannis or in one one situations in the community.

The Board of the Cape Cod Literacy Council extends its sincere appreciation to:

Brazilian Grill
Cape Cod Foundation
Cape Cod Media Group
Eldredge and Bourne Moving and Storage
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Fund for Working Families
United Way of Cape Cod
Wingate at Harwich
Wingate at Brewster
Wingate Residences at Brewster Place



Your efforts in supporting us in the Last Gasp Bike Ride
on Sunday, September 18, 2016 are greatly appreciated.

And thank you to our sponsors:

Cape Cod Media Group

Wingate Residences at Brewster Place
Wingate at Brewster

Wingate at Harwich
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Fund for Working Families
Eldredge and Bourne Moving and Storage
The United Way

The Cape Cod Foundation


There were many smiling faces at the CCLC Salute to Volunteers…a community event including volunteers, students, teachers, sponsors, guests and community members. 

An enormous THANK YOU to The Cape Cod Foundation through
the Lois Ord Gillilan Fund for supporting the Cape Cod Literacy Council (CCLC) with an award of $1,000.00.

The CCLC provides free literacy, workplace, and targeted educational tutoring for adults aged 16 – 100 across Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Foundation has made it possible for the CCLC to offer a program addressing very real needs within our community;  acquiring essential English and educational skills in order to perform jobs, enter new careers, obtain high school equivalency certificates, and fulfill the desire to be contributing members of our community. 

Our new class begins soon.
Thank you Cape Cod Foundation!



Thank you to all who supported this event.  

The winner of our tree is an ESOL student.  She was thrilled with her gifts, especially the books!  We are rewarded each day when we are able to reach out to students and families like Maria’s.

Our sponsor for the event was  Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders
Fund for Working Families.


Click here for the latest about the Last Gasp Bike Ride. 

A delightful evening honoring our volunteers at the Brazilian Grill!

The Cape Cod Literacy Council’s First Annual
at the Brazilian Grill was a huge success!

The event was a sellout, filled with wonderful music and the sharing of volunteer and student success stories. It is through community support and volunteer dedication that the CCLC is able to create opportunity in the lives of so many.

For photos of the event click here.

THANK YOU to the following for their contributions:

Brazilian Grill    Sunderland Printing       Colors of Cape Cod

Soho Arts            Cape Cod Media Group

Red Fish Blue Fish

Pupcakes! Dog Boutique & Bakery

Angie’s Popcorn

Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Elizabeth Embler, Artist

Rebecca Foley

Heidi Lake

EPOCH Assisted Living at Brewster Place

New England Jewelry

The Silver Sea Horse

Cape Codder Sunglasses

Mid Cape Home Center

 Rafi’s Story

Rafi (on left), Literacy Volunteer of the year with students

As a volunteer, you are helping these students become more involved and be a part of our community.” – Rafi Chaprut, 2011 Massachusetts Literacy Champion. After he saw an ad for the Literacy Council volunteer tutor workshop in the Cape Cod Times, Rafi took the class and soon started volunteering. He became a ‘One To One’ tutor and started assisting in the Community College ACCCESS (Adult Collaborative of Cape Cod for Education and Support Services) classrooms. During this time, he realized there was also a real need for students to practice simple, every day dialogue and now leads his own ‘conversation’ class. The class builds confidence in all aspect of the student’s life. “It’s a challenge for some of these people to even take these classes, but they are very motivated,” says Rafi. “They come to class, many after a long day of work. They break from their small environments to learn and respond positively to the tutoring.” Rafi was born in Turkey and moved to Israel. He met his wife, Martha at College when he traveled to the states to continue his studies. Rafi has a mathematics and computer background and retired a few years ago from a Boston investment firm. “I never realized my background would take me where I am today. If it’s your time to volunteer, put in a little effort and you can do whatever you want and also gain the rewards from your volunteer efforts.

Student Stories

Cape Cod Literacy Council

Roselor Achiffa

“I want to express my appreciation to the ACCESS program for helping me to accomplish my goal. As a single parent of four, I have sometimes found it had to be quite challenging. This program has offered me the opportunity to learn English and therefore obtain a certificate of completion to become and EKG technician. Without the ESL class, I believe I would not have been able to accomplish this task. I pray to God to keep this program running so more people can do as I have done. I am currently attending Level “2” English class. I hope to go to the next level and continue even further. With my sincere thanks to everyone, May God bless. Roselor Achiffa”