Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Bookcase Literacy Banquet to be held Oct. 11 at the Bob Courtway Middle School Cafeteria. This event takes place at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Conway Bookcase Project Committee. The purpose of this all-volunteer project is to raise funds to purchase the wood and supplies to build quality, personalized, oak bookcases for children in low-income families. No one associated with this project earns a penny for their contribution as the project is all about giving back. To date, the committee and many volunteers have built and presented 400 bookcases, and given a starter set of books to these special children.

The cost of the tickets is $15.95 each or a table of eight for $125.

Each person who attends receives a meal consisting of Petit Jean Smoked Sausage off the grill, spaghetti, kraut, slaw, corn, garlic bread, home-made dessert, coffee, tea or water. Every person who attends will also receive a complimentary copy of the founder’s book, the New Revised Edition of Learning, Earning and Giving Back.

This book’s printing was paid for by 143 supporters and their names are listed in the back of the book.

Entertainment will be provided by an ensemble from the Conway Women’s Chorus. The group is dedicated to a four-year project commemorating the 150th anniversary of the civil war. The presentation includes music and short monologues based on biographies of women who lived through that difficult period in history. The ensemble has performed not only at chorus concerts, but also for civic and educational groups in Faulkner County and surrounding areas.

Tickets may be purchased at the Log Cabin Democrat, Faulkner County Library, Conway Copies, China Town Restaurant or by calling Jim Davidson at 450-7743, Stanley Russ at 329-8186, Dr. Tammy Benson at 852-2965 or Ruth Voss at 327-7482.

The Conway project started in 2005 and has now spread to nine other communities in five states.

"When you think about the fact that 61 percent of children in low-income families have few, if any, books to read and the importance of literacy to their future success, this unique literacy project becomes even more important," said Davidson.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 citizens have been involved in the project in one or more ways.