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National Pulp Fiction Writers and Artists Raise Money for Literacy Project

BDC & The Pulpstress

BATESVILLE, AR – Batesville's 2nd Annual Pulp Ark Convention and Writers Conference, held at the Independence County Fairgrounds April 20-22, raised nearly $1,000 for the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. Pulp Ark attendees participated in a trivia competition and a live auction, both fundraisers for the Literacy Project. Out-of-town and local writers and artists donated autographed books, one-of-a-kind artwork, music, and more. Celebrity guest Felix Silla, best known for his roles as “Cousin Itt” in the Addams Family television show, Twiki the Robot on Buck Rogers, and as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, donated autographed photos for the auction.

Pulp Ark and its associated fundraisers were coordinated by Tommy Hancock and Fuller Bumpers of the Batesville-based publishing company, Pro Se Productions. Pro Se works with pulp fiction writers and artists across the country to produce both pulp novels and the monthly magazine “Pro Se Presents.” Pulp fiction can be described as fast-paced action/adventure hero-versus-villain stories with extravagant plots.

The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project, based in Batesville, AR is a United Way member agency and part of the Arkansas Literacy Councils network. The organization relies on trained volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for adult students who want to improve their reading or English skills. For more information about the Literacy Project, please visit or call 870-793-5912.

For more information about Pulp Ark or Pro Se Productions, please visit or call 870-834-4022.

BDC & The Pulpstress

Pro Se Publications

Award Winning Pulp Authors to be Honored

Pulp girl
A Batesville publishing company and a Melbourne writer will be awarded two of the twelve 2012 Pulp Ark Awards for pulp fiction publications on April 21, 2012. Pro Se Presents, a pulp magazine created by Batesville publishing company Pro Se Productions, won Best Pulp Magazine. Tommy Hancock of Melbourne, a Batesville native, won Best Novel for his publication Yesteryear. An awards ceremony for the twelve winners will take place in Batesville on Saturday, April 21, 2012, during the 2nd Annual Pulp Ark Convention and Writers Conference. The winning publications and artwork will be featured in a silent auction during the convention, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project.

Pulp Ark 2012 award winners will additionally be honored by the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project on Thursday, April 19th, in a reception at Morningside Coffee House. The winning publications and artwork will be on display, and pulp authors will read from their works throughout the evening. The reception is open to the public and will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Batesville's Pulp Ark Convention and Writers Conference is the leading pulp culture convention in the south. It will be held at the Independence County Fairgrounds on April 20-22, featuring celebrity guests such as Felix Silla, best known for his role as “Cousin Itt” in the Addams Family television show, and Stephen Jared, who is involved with the popular Nickelodeon program iCarly. Other attractions will include the jazz music of Searcy native Ryan Hoyle; Order of Tyr, a cutting edge video game metal band; and a viewing of the first Tarzan movie ever made.

Pulp fiction refers to inexpensive fiction magazines published in the first half of the 20th century. Pulps were the successor to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short fiction magazines of the 19th century. Modern superhero comic books are sometimes considered descendants of "hero pulps". Modern day pulp writers and artists draw from the content and style of the pulp publications of the 1900s.

The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project is pleased to support local authors and to welcome dozens of pulp writers and artists from around the United States to Batesville. For more information about the Literacy Project, call (870) 793-5912 or visit For more information about the Pulp Ark Convention and Writers Conference, call 870-834-4022 or visit

OFLP President Andrea Hammack wins United Way Award of Excellence

Andrea Hammack

United Way of Independence County's Award of Excellence is given to a person who has shown him or herself to be wholly committed to the cause of a member agency and has proven that commitment by outstanding work done at and for the agency. The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project is proud to announce that board president Andrea Hammack has been presented with a 2012 Award of Excellence.

Andrea is a former school teacher, mother of five, and women's ministry leader at the Jubilee Family Church in Batesville, AR. Although Andrea has only lived in Batesville for a few years, she is very engaged in her community -- both as a member of the Junior Auxiliary of Independence County, and as president of the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project board.

In late 2010, Andrea facilitated a partnership between Jr. Auxiliary, the Literacy Project, and Parents as Teachers, which resulted in “Family Reading Nights.” Thanks to Andrea's efforts to develop this program, hundreds of Independence County children and parents have participated since January 2011.

class="imgp_img" />Each month, a Family Reading Night is held at the Batesville preschool for all families with children ages birth to five. Children make themed crafts with help from their parents, then they gather in a circle for storytime. At the end of the night, each child takes home a book courtesy of Jr. Auxiliary. Andrea and a small team put together the themed events, such as “Souper Reading,” “Seuss on the Loose,” and “Christmas around the World.”

Because of Andrea's commitment to literacy, local children are experiencing reading in a fun, exciting way. Parents discover or rediscover the joy of reading with children, and families are given an opportunity to grow their home libraries. Andrea's dedication to Family Reading Nights has impacted dozens of families across Independence County by encouraging reading, family time, and a sense of community. She has reached many people through her ability to develop partnerships and to devise creative, educational programming, as she seeks to help the Literacy Project fulfill its mission of improving communities through literacy.

Christian Health Center Provides Reading Glasses for Literacy Project Student

GlassesBATESVILLE, AR – Thanks to the Christian Health Center of Batesville and their volunteer optometrist Mark Davis of the Batesville Eye Care Center, a Literacy Project student received an eye exam and much needed reading glasses this week. A combination of volunteer doctors, volunteer staff, grants and community donations allow the Christian Health Center to provide free or low-cost health services for local residents.

During weekly tutoring sessions, an Ozark Foothills Literacy Project tutor noticed her student struggling with self-prescribed over-the-counter magnifier glasses. It was difficult for the student to read for two full hours due to eye strain and headaches. A trip to the Christian Health Center led to an appointment with volunteer optometrist Mark Davis. “CHCB is so grateful to have the Optometric Physicians and staff at Batesville Eye Care as a resource for our patients. They are a true blessing,” said Christian Health Center director Kari Jones.

The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project teaches adults who seek to improve their reading skills, and adults who are learning English. “Our students need to be able to see well to succeed in their studies,” said Literacy Project director Nicole Stroud. “We are very thankful that the Christian Health Center was able to assist our student.”

The Christian Health Center of Batesville currently operates at Believer's Community Church, 3645 N. St. Louis St., just a few miles north of Batesville. They are open the first and third Thursday of each month from 6:00p to 9:00p. For more information, please call (870) 698-1985 or visit For more information about the Literacy Project, call (870) 793-5912 or visit

Independence County families celebrate the "LOVE of reading"

Family Reading Night: LOVE of Reading
Dozens of Independence County kids and their parents celebrated the “Love of Reading” at February's Family Reading Night at the Batesville preschool on Thursday, February 2nd. The preschool's cafeteria was packed with families doing Valentine-themed crafts together, followed by a storytime lead by Independence County Library librarian Vanessa Adams. Each child took home a Valentine-themed book, courtesy Junior Auxiliary of Independence County. Family Reading Nights are a joint effort of Jr. Auxiliary, Batesville School District's Parents as Teachers, and the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. All families with children between ages 0-5 are welcome. March's Family Reading Night, "Seuss on the Loose" is scheduled for March 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Join or renew your 2012 OFLP membership online!

OFLP Membership CardThe Ozark Foothills Literacy Project has entered the second year of its membership program, and supporters can now join or renew 2012 memberships online at Memberships can also be obtained by mailing payment to OFLP, 45 Thunderbird Dr., Batesville AR 72501. Individual memberships are available for $25 and family memberships are $35. Author's Club memberships, which support a returning student for one year are $200.00, and Publisher's Club memberships, which support a new student for one year, are $350.

“Our members are critical for the Literacy Project's continued operations,” said Director Nicole Stroud. “We rely on community support to help us provide textbooks and other materials for students.”

In December 2010, the Literacy Council of Independence County expanded to include Sharp and Fulton Counties, and became the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. Individual tutoring for adult students who are improving their reading skills or their English literacy remains the Literacy Project's core service. Over 50 students received one-on-one tutoring through the Literacy Project in 2011, across Independence, Sharp and Fulton Counties.

Literacy Project AmeriCorps Members Take Part in 2102 MLK Day of Service

Matthew Carpenter visits the Humane Society
Shelly Seymore and children volunteer at Help & HopeMartin Luther King once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” AmeriCorps members from the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project participated in the 26th annual Martin Luther King National Day of Service, an opportunity to honor the legacy of Dr. King. The National Day of Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America, and other national service initiatives. Day Of Service, billed as “A Day on, Not a Day Off,” inspires volunteer projects in communities across the United States.

AmeriCorps member Shelly Seymore and her eight-year-old twins, Erin and Ian, helped sort canned goods at Batesville's Help and Hope, an Arkansas Foodbank site. AmeriCorps member Matthew Carpenter made new four-legged friends at the Humane Society of Independence County. “Shelly and Matthew are serving their community at a time when many have a pressing need for support from their neighbors,” said Literacy Project director Nicole Stroud. “Their enthusiasm for teaching others through the Literacy Project is admirable, and their willingness to contribute to other organizations on this Day of Service further demonstrates what an asset they are to the community.”

Seymore and Carpenter tutor adult students who are learning to read or who are learning English with the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. The Literacy Project serves Independence, Sharp and Fulton Counties. For more information about the Literacy Project, visit or call (870) 793-5912. For more information about the MLK Day of Service, visit

Get computer literate at the White River Regional Library!

Computer literacy is an increasingly important skill. OFLP offers some computer instruction for its students, but non-OFLP students can gain computer literacy skills through free classes at the White River Regional Library.

Computer Instruction Classes at Independence County Library

Classes are held most days at 10am, 11am, and 3pm. For more information call (870)793-8814.

Computer Basics: Learning the Mouse

Donate $5 to OFLP every time the Razorbacks score a TD in Cotton Bowl '12!

It's a new year! Let's kick it off together by doing some good. Join me in pledging to give $5 to the Literacy Project every time the Hogs score a touchdown in Cotton Bowl 2012! -OFLP Director, Nicole Stroud

Note: has the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project listed under our old name, the Literacy Council of Independence County. Rest assured that funds will be directed to us!

Holiday library closings

If you are one of the many Literacy Project tutors who uses the Lyon or UACCB library to meet with your student, please take note of holiday closings:

The Lyon library will be closed the following dates:

  • Sat., Dec. 17th – Sun., Dec. 18th
  • Fri., Dec 23 – Jan 2 (reopens Tues., Jan. 3)

The UACCB library will be closed the following dates:

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