Programs For You

Literacy Lubbock prides itself on helping where the need is greatest. To that end, we’ve made numerous programs designed to promote literacy from the tiniest of tots to the back-to-school adult.




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About Us

Let me ask you this: have you ever played with LEGOs before? Believe it or not, education and construction have a strong connection: both require a solid foundation to build something magnificent. Just like your glorious LEGO tower can’t stand without a solid foundation, people can’t succeed without a solid literacy foundation to build upon. From textbooks to online articles, from prescription bottles to cooking instructions, from text messages to health insurance forms—words are vital to today’s living. And sadly, for 13% of the people living in Lubbock County, this lack of a solid base has impacted the entirety of their lives. Literacy affects nearly every socio-economic issue a person might face. Poverty, health, income, employability, prison rates, taxes—literacy affects them all.

Literacy Lubbock’s mission is to support and execute programs that enable people in Lubbock and the surrounding communities to become literate. But what does that mean, exactly? It means we value and prioritize education and literacy. That we encourage our students to reach their full potential and that we support our students as they strive for self-sufficiency and independence. We do that by offering classes, tutors, tools, and resources in three main programs: Basic Reading, GED Test Prep, and English as a Second Language. To encourage the little ones to love reading early on, we have our Family and Childhood Literacy program, where we give away free books and instruct parents on the value of reading to their children. In short, we are in the business of saving lives and giving second chances.

How We Started

In 1989, two wonderful ladies with a background in education decided to create Literacy Lubbock to give everyone who is interested the opportunity to learn how to read.

What We’re Up To


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Julie Laughlin

Elizabeth Laughlin

Julie Laughlin, Executive Director

Julie Laughlin, Executive Director, has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Sciences from Texas Tech University. Before coming to Literacy Lubbock, Julie was employed at South Plains College as the Project Coordinator of the Tech Prep Program. Julie maintains all bookkeeping records. Julie is acting communication liaison between other staff members and the Board. Acting as a fundraising coordinator, Julie works closely with the Director of Operations and Development in team planning, facilitating and record keeping for fundraising programs.

Elizabeth Laughlin, Director of Operations and Development

Elizabeth Laughlin, Director of Operations and Development, has a Bachelor's degree in English from Texas Tech University and a Master's from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She volunteered with the agency for five years, assisting in event planning and social media management, and now, as a full-time employee, works to broaden Literacy Lubbock's impact on the community. Acting as the fundraiser and marketing coordinator, Elizabeth supports the agency in brand recognition, social media, and donations.

Melinda Gonzales

Melinda Gonzales, Program & Volunteer Coordinator

Melinda has worked in education for a total of 13 years. For her, it feels good knowing that she can help someone out or lead them in them in the right direction. Within her new role at Literacy Lubbock, she's excited to help individuals find the right path to further their educational goals.

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