Sharon Anderson Wright and Family to Co-Chair Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) Event

DALLAS – Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Sharon Anderson Wright, President and CEO of Half Price Books, and her family will serve as co-chairs of the 6th Annual Toast to Literacy.  The event will take place on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.  All proceeds benefit LIFT, which provides adult literacy programs that change lives and strengthen communities across North Texas.

Wright’s co-chairs include her nephew, Brady O’Neal, Vice President for Half Price Books, and her niece, Emily O’Neal Ferguson, Donations and Community Outreach Coordinator for Half Price Books.

“We are grateful for the decades-long friendship between Half Price Books and LIFT.  We are also thrilled to be working with Sharon and her family as we plan this year’s event,” said Linda K. Johnson, President and CEO of LIFT.

Wright, the daughter of Half Price Books founder Pat Anderson, began working at Half Price Books at the age of 13, sorting and shelving paperbacks.  She has gone from one of the company’s first employee to its President and CEO.  She has helped the company expand from a single 1,000 square foot converted laundromat into the nation’s largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain.

Half Price Books has been a supporter of literacy and environmental groups for more than 45 years.  

“My family and I are honored to serve as co-chairs for this year’s Toast to Literacy,” said Wright.  “Half Price Books and LIFT share a love of literacy, along with values of respecting and lifting up those we serve. We are proud to be part of this effort and support LIFT in the important work they do to increase literacy and improve lives in North Texas.”

The Toast to Literacy provides critical financial support to LIFT, helping to underwrite literacy programs that help thousands of adults annually learn to read and write, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, speak English, and develop workforce readiness skills. 


About Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT)

Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) enhances lives and strengthens communities by providing adults with the literacy instruction and workforce skills they need to achieve their dreams.  LIFT’s curricula utilizes a multi-sensory approach that has been proven to be more effective in teaching adult students.  Founded in 1961 by the National Council of Jewish Women – Greater Dallas Section, LIFT offers classes at various locations across the Dallas Metroplex.  For more information, please visit, and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Half Price Books

Half Price Books is the largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain with 124 retail locations in 17 states. Stores are open seven days a week and buy and sell new and used books, magazines, comics, records, CDs, DVDs and collectible items. Half Price Books has been dedicated to environmental and literacy efforts for more than 45 years and supports hundreds of local, national and international programs. Each year the company sponsors the Half Pint Library Book Drive at each of its stores, donating and distributing thousands of books to non-profit organizations and schools throughout the United States. Half Price Books is a founding contributor to Laura Bush’s National Book Festival, and a continuing supporter of the National Center for Family Literacy and Feed The Children. For more information about Half Price Books, its store locations and corporate initiatives, please visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

LIFT attends International Dyslexia Association’s “Exploring New Heights” Conference


Karen Guida, Director of LIFT’s Adult Basic Education Program, and Ann Fink, Coordinator of LIFT’s Adult Basic Education Program, represented LIFT at the International Dyslexia Association’s “Exploring New Heights” Conference last week.  

Guida and Fink attended seminars focused on writing and spelling strategies for students with dyslexia, including:

  • “Writing Matters:  Developing Sentence Skills in Struggling Students” by William Van Cleave, M.A.
  • “What I Don’t Understand Put in My Hands:  Unlocking the Spelling Secrets”

Guida is already implementing some of these strategies into her SEE classes.

Guida was also recognized by the IDA for her contributions to the board.


The “Exploring New Heights” conference took place on Friday, February 16 in Richardson, Texas.

LIFT launches “UpLIFTing News”

LIFT launched UpLIFTing News today, a monthly publication filled with information about LIFT students, volunteers and partners, upcoming classes and events, and stories about how we’re changing lives through literacy! 

We chose the name UpLIFTing News because it speaks to the impact LIFT has on students, volunteers, donors, partners, staff and North Texas at large:

  • LIFT uplifts students by helping them achieve success and be the best that they can be!
  • LIFT uplifts volunteers by providing them with unparalleled opportunities to help others and effect real change!
  • LIFT uplifts partners by providing them with programs to address real needs in the community and improve lives!
  • LIFT uplifts donors by providing them with opportunities to make a real impact on the community and leave a lasting legacy!
  • LIFT uplifts the North Texas community through advanced evidence-based literacy programs designed to reduce illiteracy and curb the impact of systemic poverty!

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